How Many Catch Shares are Here in the U.S.?

Listing of U.S. Catch Share Programs

Listing of U.S. Catch Share Programs

People ask us this question all the time and the answer is 22, as compiled in a new infographic.  That’s not quite the answer to the ultimate question, but it’s still impressive.  There are 16 catch share programs in federal water and 6 in state waters covering more than 50 species.

The catch shares range from the tiny Mid-Atlantic Golden Tilefish Individual Transferable Quota Program to the catch share for enormous Bering Sea Pollock fishery which is split into three programs.  The catch shares cover fish species as well as shellfish like clams, and crustaceans like crab. 

We’ll be updating this list as time goes by so stay tuned.

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