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Time to address a longstanding fisheries problem

Einstein once said that we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. The thinking behind the management of New Zealand’s recreational fisheries is a case in point. It began decades ago as a hands-off approach when recreational fishing was a marginal activity that did not pose much of a threat to fish stock sustainability.   The management thinking has largely remained hands-off, despite continual increases in demand for recreational fishing, along with competition... Read more

Dr Randall Bess
Insights Newsletter
24 March, 2017
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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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