Manuals and guides
Whether you’re a manager, a fisherman, practitioner or any other fishery stakeholder, our catch share design manuals and supplemental guides will help chart your path to a more sustainable and profitable fishery. Our publications highlight how good catch share design and accompanying tools can address existing challenges and maximize potential benefits. Most importantly, these tools are not prescriptive; rather they offer a series of questions whose answers help guide and inform the catch share design process.
Catch Share Design Manuals
The Catch Share Design Manual is the most comprehensive overview of catch share design, drawing on hundreds of fisheries in more than 30 countries and the expertise of more than 60 fishery experts from around the world. Through a series of questions, it provides a step-by-step roadmap for designing a customized catch share program to meet your fishery’s goals.
Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom popularized the understanding that resource users can, and under right conditions will, engage in co-management of their resources. The Cooperative Catch Shares volume discusses this notion for fisheries and provides important design guidance for managers and fishermen.
TURFs date back thousands of years and numerous studies highlight their effectiveness for managing nearshore fisheries. Recent innovations in TURF design, including approaches for scaling management across a broad area, are expanding their appeal and applicability. The TURF volume builds upon this growing experience, offering clear guidance for customized design.
The majority of fisheries worldwide lack sufficient data to conduct industry-standard stock assessments and a recent Science paper shows these fisheries are at serious risk. Due to this lack of data, more than 10,000 fisheries worldwide have been left out of recent advances in effective management. This guide outlines an approach for science-based management of fisheries, even in the absence of good data.
Transferable effort share programs are a type of rights-based management that share many key attributes of catch shares. While these programs don't provide all the benefits of catch shares, they are often used when fisheries lack key data and may be a useful stepping stone towards catch shares. Before ruling out catch shares due to data constraints, see our guide on data-limited fisheries (see above).