NCEAS Project 12023

Sustainable fisheries management project (Hosted by NCEAS)

  • Steven D. Gaines
  • Christopher Costello
  • John M. Melack
  • O. J. Reichman

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Abstract
This new alliance aims to dramatically improve the conservation status of Pacific west coast fisheries through increased financial performance. The Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) operates on the principle that successful fisheries require institutions that provide economic incentives to fishermen. These incentives lead to behavior consistent with marine conservation. Our strategy is to use innovative financial tools to implement solutions that will align economic and conservation incentives. Recognizing the need to address underlying economic issues facing fishermen and their industry, the SFG will synthesize knowledge and intellectual capital to ensure that fisheries prosper, enhance communities of coastal residents, and provide local, nutritious seafood to consumers. As one mechanism toward that end, NCEAS will host several Working Groups seeking to assess financial, ecological, and socioeconomic benefits and risks associated with different potential mechanisms of fisheries reform. The SFG is a partnership between the University of California at Santa Barbara (including NCEAS) and Environmental Defense, a nongovernmental organization that is a national leader in marine and fishery conservation.