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The Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares Project analyzes the best available data to produce objective, scientifically rigorous indicators of changes associated with two U.S. catch share programs — the West Coast Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program and the Northeast Multispecies Sector Program. The Project does not advocate for or against catch shares. It offers reliable, neutral reports on trends and effects that people can use to answer their own questions and inform their decisions about effects of catch shares on fishermen, fish stocks, fishing businesses, and fishing communities.

Project Overview

Project News - October 2014

Interim Results

Northeast Groundfish (Released February 2014)

West Coast Groundfish (Released September 2013)


Following the Money (Part 1): A Conversation with Economist Marcus Hartley

Focusing on Two Fisheries with Methods Transferable to Others: A Conversation with Project Manager Jill Swasey

Probing Ecological Effects of Catch Shares: A Conversation with Marine Ecologist Tim Essington

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