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Has the status of fish stocks changed?

Biomass: On average, the groundfish stocks managed in the Shorebased IFQ Program have had a steady increase since the mid-1990s in the ratio of biomass (B) to the biomass that would produce maximum sustainable yields (BMSY). Biomass ratios of groundfish stocks continued to increase following implementation of the Shorebased IFQ Program.

Fishing Mortality: On average, fishing mortality (F) remained above levels that would produce maximum sustainable yields (FMSY) during the baseline period with the exception of 1991, and declined thereafter to levels near maximum sustainable yield. The average fishing mortality ratio remained at low and fairly steady levels during the project baseline period (2002–2010). In any given year, however, some individual stocks experienced high fishing mortality (F>FMSY). Average fishing mortality ratio has decreased slightly since implementation of the Shorebased IFQ Program in 2011.

West Coast: Ratio of Catch to Quota

Have fleetwide catches stayed within quotas?

The average ratio of catch to quota (or catch utilization) across non-whiting groundfish stocks has been declining since 2004 and generally has remained low since implementation of the Shorebased IFQ Program. For all years since implementation of the Shorebased IFQ Program (2011-2015), catches for all stocks were lower than quota amounts.


Has quality of fishery data changed with changes in observer coverage?

The Pacific Fishery Management Council mandated that observers be present on 100 percent of trips under the catch share program, which represented a fivefold increase in observer coverage compared to the baseline period.


Have discarding practices changed?

For all methods of estimating discard ratios, the discard rate in the first year of the catch share program was lower than in any year in the previous decade.


Has fishing effort changed in amount, timing, or where it occurs?

Results for this question are not yet available.


Have fishing impacts on seafloor habitats changed?

Results for this question are not yet available.

Updated: February 2016