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Published on Oct 24, 2010
Bill Orr discusses the use of fisheries allocations as a conservation tool.
This presentation was part of the 5th forum meeting of the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum (FLSF) held 19-22 September 2010 in Monterey, California. The Forum convened 19 members of the U.S. regional fishery management councils, as well as other scientists, economists, community leaders and fishery managers to discuss the challenge of allocating federal fishery resources. Allocation is a priority issue across regions, as councils take action to implement annual catch limits (ACLs) and accountability measures (AMs) in accordance with the 2006 reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Councils view allocation as an important tool in ensuring greater accountability and maintaining opportunities for user groups. The foundation of many management approaches, allocation decisions require challenging and often difficult discussions, making this topic well suited to the neutral atmosphere of a forum.