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  • This program began after some fishery participants voluntarily organized into an IFQ-like cooperative, which demonstrated the potential benefits of a rights-based management program.
  • This chapter describes a protocol for using geospatial analysis tools based on the importance of eliciting and incorporating local expert knowledge and socioeconomic concerns into marine resource management decision-making processes. The GIS tool (“OceanMap”) and rapid socioeconomic protocol described in this chapter grew out of past conflicts amongst stakeholders, specifically fishermen, regarding marine protected area planning processes in California, and builds on a pilot project conducted by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and Environmental Defense. Today, Environmental Defense continues to expand and improve the tool to address stakeholder needs, streamline the process of collecting and analyzing information, incorporate additional stakeholders, and accommodate other marine resource management efforts.
  • The Virtual Fisheries Academy currently offers interactive e-courses on Fisheries Management, Territorial Use Rights for Fishing, and Data-Limited Fisheries Management.
  • Similar to dividing a pie, a catch share program allocates a secure area or privilege to harvest a share of a fishery's total catch to an individual or group. Programs establish appropriate controls on fishing mortality and hold participants accountable. This infographic shows the key attributes and designs of catch share programs.
  • Los programas de Manejo Compartido por Cuotas son similares a dividir un pastel: a un individuo o un grupo se le asigna un área o un privilegio seguro para capturar una cantidad específica de la Captura Total Permisible de un recurso pesquero. Estos programas establecen controles adecuados sobre la mortalidad por pesca y consideran a los participantes como los responsables de respetar los controles establecidos. Esta infografía describe los atributos importantes de los programas de Manejo Compartido por Cuotas.

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