Cart Before the Horse – Access and Diversity in Fisheries – NEFMC and Amendment 18

The council, one of eight  national bodies established in 1976 by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery  Conservation and Management Act, abandoned in 2009 its former Days at  Sea policy that strictly controlled the number of trips vessels could  take in search of their target species. They introduced a new regulatory  model based instead on catch shares that, through autonomous ?sector  management,? would reduce the competitive pressure to overfish. However, one of the consequences of sector management has been the  overaccumulation of catch-quotas by larger fishing fleets and the  subsequent decline of coastal fishermen who operate inshore vessels. [email protected] 12:10