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WSJ Op-Ed: Making 'The Deadliest Catch' Less Deadly

November 14, 2011

Back in September, Jack Cox, a fisherman from Morehead City, North Carolina, wrote about Hurricane Irene and fishing in bad weather.  Jack wrote about the black sea bass derby taking place here in the South Atlantic and how that, coupled with bad weather, can make an already dangerous job even more so. In the blog he wrote, "It doesn't have to be this way.  If fisheries were allowed to explore other management options like catch shares, fishermen would work against their own quota instead of a racing against each other."

In today's Wall Street Journal there is an opinion editorial from Captain Scott Campbell Jr. about his experiences fishing for crab in Alaska, where catch shares are now in place.  He said in the piece, "Crabbing before and after catch shares is like night and day. There's no way I'd choose to go back to the old derby days."

Read the rest of Captain Campbell's piece here and learn about how catch shares management can make fishing safer.

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