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A FISHERY ON THE REBOUND: ON THE WEST COAST, FISHERMEN SHOW THEY CAN BE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE SEA. EDF SOLUTIONS, VO.45, NO.4 / FALL 2014

How to fix America's troubled fisheries is a question of passionate debate around the country. when West Coast fishermen were given greater control over their business, a remarkable thing happened: The fishery started to recover . Solutions senior writer Rod Griffin reports from California, where fishermen have joined EDF to help chart a more sustainable future. The photo on the cover was taken on board pioneer. a 65-foot trawler out of Monterey . Source :EDF

Monterey Fisherman Develops New, Eco-Friendly Trawl Gear

Giuseppe Pennisi used to be skeptical of environmental organizations. But now the old-school Monterey Bay trawl fisherman is on his way to becoming a conservationist. Trawling is notorious for disrupting crucial habitat as the gear drags across the sea floor. Pennisi has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to design special trawl equipment that reduces environmental damage. According to EDF fisheries consultant Huff McGonigal, it all started with catch share. The West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program was implemented in 2008 and designed to address one of the problems with the trip-limit management system, which set a maximum catch for each species. Any catch over the limit was thrown overboard as dead [...]