Has the financial viability of the fishery changed?

During the first two years of the Shorebased IFQ Program, landings in the non-whiting groundfish trawl fishery continued their long-term decline, although gross revenues were similar to those in prior recent years.

Has the number of active vessels in the fishery changed?

The number of active vessels in the groundfish fishery was in decline before the Shorebased IFQ Program began, and the decline continued in the first two years of the catch share program.

Have opportunities or barriers to entering the fishery changed?

Prior to the Shorebased IFQ Program, access to the fishery had tightened because of implementation of a limited-entry program and subsequent vessel and permit buyback. When the catch share program began, additional fishermen left the fishery, most likely because they did not have enough catch history to obtain an economically viable amount of quota shares.

Are fishing vessels participating in a different mix of fisheries?

Participation in a mix of fisheries is common practice for groundfish trawl fishermen. In Oregon’s pink shrimp and Dungeness crab fisheries, the two fisheries for which data are available, the proportional level of effort and landings attributable to groundfish trawl fishermen did not increase during the first year of the Shorebased IFQ Program.

Has the cost of fishery management to the private sector changed?

The primary management cost to industry prior to the Shorebased IFQ Program was for fishery monitoring, including video surveillance in the shorebased Pacific whiting sector, logbook requirements for all vessels, and vessel monitoring systems. The National Marine Fisheries Service continued to pay most of the costs of catch monitoring in the first two years of the catch share program, as was the case prior to program implementation.

Updated: June 2, 2015