Updated Results for 6 Social Indicators and the Public Management Cost Indicator for the Northeast

The Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares Project is pleased to announce the release of updated results for 6 social indicators and the Cost of Fishery Management: Public indicator for the Northeast Multispecies Sector Program.


The social indicators are designed to show effects of the catch share program on people who live and work in fishing ports and other towns and cities. This release updates the indicators through the 2013 fishing year, which are the most recent data available from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Landings and Revenues by State and Port Group: Analysis and Interactive Chart

  • Total gross revenues for the Northeast Multispecies Sector Program fell 40 percent from 2007 to 2013.
  • All states experienced declines from 2009 to 2013.
  • The recent declines are part of a larger declining trend in gross revenues seen in the data stretching back to the early 1980s.

Vessel Activity by State and Port Group: Analysis and Interactive Chart

  • From 2007 through 2009, prior to the Northeast Multispecies Sector Program, the number of active vessels decreased across all states and for each individual state.
  • This trend continued following implementation of the Sector Program.
  • Individual home ports have varied in their year-to-year changes, but all have had long-term declines in the number of active vessels since 2007.

Crew Employment and Compensation: Analysis and Interactive Chart

  • For all home port states, the total numbers of groundfish vessel crew positions and crew trips decreased through the baseline period and into the initial years of the catch share program.
  • Average crew compensation increased from 2009 to 2011 because of higher revenues in 2011, and then it declined in 2012 and 2013.

Fishing Vessel and Crew Safety: Analysis and Interactive Chart

  • In the 10 years before the catch share program, the Northeast multispecies groundfish trawl fishery had an average of 3.4 fatalities annually.
  • In the first 4 years of the Sector Program (2010-2013), fatalities averaged 2 per year.

Fishing Support Service Employment: Analysis and Interactive Chart

  • More than half of the fishery support service businesses in the Northeast are located in New York or New Jersey.
  • Other states in the Northeast also have substantial employment in fishing support-related sectors such as boat sales, marinas, ship building and repair, and transportation equipment and supplies.

Seafood Processor Employment: Analysis and Interactive Chart

  • The number of seafood processors and markets has decreased in the Northeast, on the whole, since 2003.
  • It is unknown what specific impacts the Northeast Multispecies Sector Program has had on seafood processing and marketing in the region.


This indicator shows the amount of money spent by government managers to develop and implement catch share programs. With this update, the indicator covers through 2014.

Cost of Fishery Management: Public: Analysis and Interactive Chart

  • During the baseline period (2002–2009), the primary catch share costs to the public were expenditures related to the transition to sector management beginning in 2008.
  • Since the implementation of the Sector Program, NMFS reported spending $47.2 million on grants to states for permit banks, on cooperative research, direct support to sector managers and vessel operators, and dockside and at-sea monitoring.