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Public Comment to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

By Allen, Richard B.

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Title: Public Comment to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy  
Author: Allen, Richard B.
Language: English
Subject: Science., Ecology & environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)
Collections: National Oceanographic Data Center
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Publisher: Government Reference Publication


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Excerpt: Dear Sirs, I am writing to comment specifically on the subject of fishery conservation and management. My comments reflect my 30-plus years of experience as a commercial fisherman, as a representative of commercial fishermen, as an active participant in the fishery management system, as a life-long student of fishery bio-economics, and as a fishery conservationist. The creation of the Oceans Commission was accompanied by references to the accomplishments of the Stratton Commission, which issued its landmark report in 1969. In the case of living marine resources, however, it would be difficult to claim that much progress has been made on the implementation of the recommendations contained in ?Our Nation and the Sea.? One could, in fact, suggest that the ?principles of fisheries management? put forth in ?Our Nation and the Sea? are just as valid, and just as timely, today as they were in 1969. In particular, the overarching recommendation of the Stratton Commission that ?fisheries management have as a major objective production of the largest net economic return consistent with the biological capabilities of the exploited stocks? should be considered for adoption by the Oceans Commission. The same is true of the Stratton Commission?s recommendation ?to reduce excess fishing effort.?...


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