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Fishing just for the halibut

Fisheries management in New Zealand has been resting on its laurels for too long. The Quota Management System was once world-leading. But misreporting catches and illegal discarding have been troublesome. And the split between recreational and commercial shares of a total allowable catch (TAC) remains a political fight. I travelled to British Columbia (BC) last year to see how fisheries management is approached there. What was of particular interest was that BC has integrated a recreational fishery into a quota-based... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Insights Newsletter
20 January, 2017
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Interview with John Harrison of WAFIC

While in Fremantle, Western Australia, our Research Fellow, Dr Randall Bess, spent some time with John Harrison, CEO of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council. With a background in both recreational and commercial fishing, Mr Harrison considers it is imperative that both sectors collaborate to find workable solutions to fisheries problems Read more

Dr Randall Bess
YouTube
23 December, 2016
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Halibut fishing off Vancouver, BC

Pacific Halibut are a prized species in the North Pacific region. In recent years they have faced more stringent size and daily limits. Our Research Fellow, Dr Randall Bess, went halibut fishing with skipper, Rob Rippin, off the Vancouver Coast to learn more about this important fishery. Read more

Dr Randall Bess
YouTube
17 November, 2016
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Accounting for all commercial catches

There is a fishing saying, ‘When in doubt, exaggerate.’ At least that is what comes to mind when the fishing industry repeatedly refers to the quota management system (QMS) as world leading.In some respects, the QMS may well have maintained world leading status after 30 years, but certainly not with respect to holding commercial fishers accountable for their catches.The recent report by Michael Heron QC refers to MPI and its predecessor as having been unsuccessful in grappling with commercial discarding... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Insights Newsletter
7 October, 2016

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