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Conservation group buy groundfish quotas

14 septembre 2015

Il s'agit de la marchandisation des Sustainable Fisheries Trusts identifiés dans le cadre du rapport Blue Charity Business.

Autrement dit, suite à la privatisation des droits de pêche aux USA en 2006/2008 (système des Catch-Share) les ONG comme Environmental Defense Fund ont créé des fonds financiers pour racheter les quotas aux pêcheurs et/ou ont encouragé les pêcheurs à regrouper leur quotas sous leur contrôle en échange de la location de ces droits (aux pêcheurs). C'est bien écrit dans cet article d'ailleurs : "It will lease the fishing rights to fishermen “while working to improve the economic and environmental performance of the fishery,” the group said in the release"
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The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust (MBFT) bought $1m worth of groundfish quota — 4.2m annual quota pounds — from the nonprofit Nature Conservancy which it plans to use to benefit the area’s fishermen, MBFT said in a release.

As part of the agreement, MBFT, which was formed to protect central California fisheries in the Monterey, Moss Landing, and Santa Cruz harbors, plans to retain ownership of the quota. It will lease the fishing rights to fishermen “while working to improve the economic and environmental performance of the fishery,” the group said in the release.

The program aims to preserve use of the quota for small-scale fishermen as opposed to “large, well-capitalized businesses from outside of the region,” the release stated.

“This is a promising model that gives local leaders a forum to come up with solutions to fishery management challenges and protect the health of local resources,” Kate Kauer, a project director for the Nature Conservancy, said in the release.

MBFT also plans to buy additional quota in the future in order to support the program, it said.