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June 11 Fisheries Workshop Asks "Who Gets the Fish?"

By Kathleen Schmitt
N.H. Sea Grant

June 3, 2003

DURHAM, N.H. -- If traditional fisheries management practices aren't working to rebuild struggling fish stocks, what's the alternative?

Rights-based management is one option as managers and the industry itself look for ways to sustain fish populations without destroying the fisheries. This will be the focus of a N.H. Sea Grant fisheries extension workshop Wednesday, June 11.

"Who Gets the Fish? Rights-based Management Approaches" will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, N.H.

Designed as a forum for education and open discussion, the workshop will cover different types of rights-based management, the economic principles that guide them, and the costs and benefits of each.

Through speaker presentations, case studies and audience/panel discussions, the workshop will trace the evolution of rights-based management from traditional management programs, examine the impacts of specific rights-based management approaches, and encourage dialogue among individuals and agencies that have a stake in the fisheries and fishery management.

"Who Gets the Fish?" is the final symposium in a series of fisheries-related educational workshops developed to provide up-to-date scientific and technological information, along with real-life results from various management practices, as a foundation for policy development. Other workshops have addressed bycatch and the use of marine protected areas (MPAs) as a management tool.

Sponsored by the National Sea Grant Program, the workshop series was developed by the Sea Grant programs in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island. Additional partners include the National Marine Fisheries Service, Conservation Law Foundation, New England Fisheries Management Council, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Manomet Center for Conservation Studies, and commercial and recreational fishing communities.

The rights-based management workshop is free and open to the public. More information about the workshop is available at or from Rollie Barnaby, UNH Cooperative Extension/NH Sea Grant extension educator, (603) 679-5616 or

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