A group of West Coast commercial fishing organizations is taking unusual measures to prepare for changes to the West Coast trawl fishery. First they held a workshop in Santa Rosa, CA, that was attended by more than half of the West Coast trawl fleet, and now they're posting educational online videos to reach the other half.
To inform participants in the groundfish trawl industry as well as interested members of the public and the media, the West Coast Trawlers' Network
The experts hail from widely diverse backgrounds, but every one of them is committed to building a strong and sustainable trawl fishery.
• Developing a Plan Under Catch Shares
• Rules of the Road: Regulatory Requirements Under the Catch Share System - A Practical Discussion of What Will Be Expected of Fishermen
• Managing Risks Associated with Constraining Species and Modifying Fishing Behavior
• Approaches for Maximizing Opportunity: Gear Modification, Handling Techniques, and Behavior Changes
• Approaches for Maximizing Opportunity - Mapping and Hotspot Management
• Managing Your Quota Portfolio: Trading, Tracking and Financing
• Strategies for Minimizing Observer and Other Costs
• Growing the Pie - Strategies for Improving Revenue
The links above lead to individual videos - this one will take you to the home page where you can browse among them: www.westcoasttrawlers.net
DVDs of the educational videos will also be mailed to West Coast permit holders and vessel owners in November.
The West Coast Trawlers' Network is an informal association comprised of the Fisherman's Marketing Association
Contact information for all participating experts is available at the website or by calling Scott Coughlin, at (206) 228-4141.