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dc.contributor.advisor Kirby-Smith, William
dc.contributor.author Strader, Rachel
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-22T19:51:05Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-22T19:51:05Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/252
dc.description.abstract The groundfish fisheries of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the US are valuable economically and ecologically. The industries in the two locations have faced depleted stocks and increased regulations by the New England and Pacific Fishery Management Councils over the years. Both fisheries contain a varied array of demersal fish in separate ecosystem contexts, and similar gear types are used in both locations. However, the community and geographical structures, composition and interactions of the Fishery Management Councils, industry organization, and activism create a different historical perspective with which to view management failures and successes. In New England, factors such as a greater value of independence, a lack of cooperation and coordination between stakeholders and scientists, and a longer history of fishery decline have contributed to the current management climate. The Pacific groundfishery has experienced a more recent illumination of overexploitation, but there is a longer history of cooperation between states, fishermen, and scientists. In addition, differences in the Pacific Fishery Management Council structure and process have created a distinct management picture. The management measures enacted by the two councils since the implementation of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act have differed, but neither has been successful—as evidenced by overexploited stocks. Recently, both fisheries management plans have undergone changes in response to the declines and subsequent lawsuits by stakeholder groups. From comparing the characteristics of the two council systems, their methods, and their participants, important lessons can be learned as fisheries management on both sides of the US continues, out of necessity, to evolve. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Fisheries en
dc.subject Groundfish en
dc.subject Management en
dc.subject Coastal en
dc.subject United States of America (USA) en
dc.subject Magnuson-Steven Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) en
dc.subject Pacific Fishery Management Council en
dc.subject New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) en
dc.title A Comparison of Groundfish Management on the East and West Coasts of the United States en
dc.type Masters' Project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences

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