Catch shares are a divisive issue. Fishery scientist Trevor Branch explains this well:
...but catch shares are profitable, and therefore easily taxed (Iceland, NZ) to cover costs of management, unlike unprofitable fisheries 2/2
— Trevor A. Branch (@TrevorABranch) November 2, 2016
Most environmental groups, like the Environmental Defense Fund, support and advocate for catch share management. This often draws the ire of some commercial fishermen:
@EDFOceans Unfortunately, catch-shares have lead to inequality in many fisheries, AK halibut & blackcod, by creating owners and renters.
— Nick Rahaim (@nrahaim) October 20, 2016
We decided to run a feature on catch shares in response to several recent media stories that focus only on the negative aspects of catch shares, notably this story at al.com and this story in the New York Post. Our first post covered the basics of catch shares and should act as a reference for the rest of the posts. Start there and work your way through the other posts.
Michael Melnychuk contributes a thoughtful piece on the importance of catch shares while acknowledging the drawbacks
Bruce Turris, President of Pacific Fisheries Management, offers a management perspective on catch shares