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Designing Effective and Enforceable Catch Share Systems

Over the past two decades increasing numbers of fisheries have been managed as catch share programs that restrict the number of participants entitled to harvest available commercial catch. One of the major goals of this approach is to create a long-term economic incentive to help sustain the resource. The recently amended Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act enabled the expansion of the catch share approach in the U.S., and in December 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its new policy encouraging adoption of catch share systems nationwide.

Despite the expansion of this approach, many questions remain about how to effectively design and implement catch share systems to make them effective, equitable, and enforceable. In this session experts discussed some of the key issues and possible solutions.


  • John Campagna, Principal, Restore Capital (Biography in "Seminar Summary")
  • Earl Comstock, CEO, Comstock Consulting LLC (Biography in "Seminar Summary")
  • Kelly Denit, Fisheries Management Specialist, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA
  • Monica Goldberg, National Policy Deputy Director - Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund
  • David H. Wallace, President, Wallace & Associates (Biography in "Seminar Summary")


  • Jordan Diamond, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute


The 2011 Ocean Seminar Series is generously supported by the
Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.

For more information on ELI's Ocean Series, visit http://www.eli.org/Seminars/ocean_series.cfm.