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The objectives of the proposed work dovetail with several key WSG priorities:
(1) Maintain the vitality of coastal communities, particularly balancing economic growth with sustainable use of ﬁshery resources: Our modeling analysis will examine social, economic and ecological outcomes of different management approaches to identify options that meet this important triple bottom line for ﬁshing communities along the West Coast.
(2) Identify social and economic impacts and beneﬁts of ﬁshing: Our empirical analyses will identify the short-term social and economic impacts and beneﬁts of a transition to IFQ management in the West Coast Groundﬁsh ﬁshery, while our modeling work will suggest likely longer term impacts and beneﬁts of this and other key management changes (consolidation caps, spatial closures, etc.).
(3) Understand ecosystem effects of ﬁshing: Bycatch of weak stocks compromises the health of marine ecosystems and our modeling results will demonstrate the range of circumstances under which risk pools or other shifts in ﬂeet behavior can overcome this challenge. Both our empirical and modeling work will inform effective internal rules for risk pools. This will result in a novel contribution to the scientiﬁc literature and a practical and cost-effective approach to protecting ecosystem integrity.
(4) Evaluate alternative management approaches for ﬁsheries: Our simulation modeling of “policy experiments” will inform near-term management changes for the West Coast Groundﬁsh ﬁshery, while also providing a framework for other US ﬁsheries that may similarly beneﬁt from reform.
We will communicate the results of this project through numerous scientiﬁc publications and presentations to ﬁshery managers, ﬁshermen, and regulators. This project will also provide training in cutting-edge science at the interface of bioeconomic modeling, empirical analysis and ﬁshery management to two graduate students.