Secure Fishing Rights
Find tools to implement a secure fishing rights program
Sustainable fisheries management is a core pillar of a climate-resilient fishery. Some of the best examples of well-managed fisheries around the world are those that include secure fishing rights. These management systems allocate a secure share of the fishery—in the form of quota and/or area—to fishers and communities, fortifying their abilities to serve as stewards of the marine environment.
EDF has a suite of tools and resources to help you design a secure fishing rights program in your community, as well as case studies highlighting secure fishing rights programs around the world.
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The Design Manuals will help chart your path to a more sustainable and successful fishery.
The Catch Share Design Manual, Volume 1: A Guide for Managers and Fishermen provides a step-by-step roadmap for designing a customized catch share program to meet your fishery's goals.
The Catch Share Design Manual, Volume 2: Cooperative Catch Shares provides important design guidance for co-management of fishery resources.
The Catch Share Design Manual, Volume 3: Territorial Use Rights for Fishing provides guidance for customized design of TURFs.
The TURF-Reserve Design Tool is an easy-to-use decision support tool to analyze which TURF designs might best suit your fishery and goals.
Transferable Effort Shares: A Supplement to the Catch Share Design Manual can help you design successful transferable effort share programs.
Global Spotlights of Rights-based Management Programs
Secure fishing rights are used around the world and fundamentally find ways to align fishers’ incentives with long-term sustainability, which can set a strong foundation for climate resilience. Rights-based management can be implemented through a variety of methods including community-based TURFs, allocated quota, and cooperative models.
A secure fishing rights program—also known as rights-based management or a "catch share"—allocates access to a fishing area or a share of a fishery's total allowable catch to a group or an individual. Programs establish appropriate controls on fishing mortality and hold participants accountable to their limits