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Quota allocations to groups of self-selecting permit holders (known as sector allocations) are increasingly being considered as a way to provide fishermen with greater control and flexibility in their fishing businesses while achieving efficiency gains. This new approach, which devolves substantial management responsibilities to groups of fishermen, represents a potential transformation in the relationship among permit holders as well as the relationship between permit holders and fisheries governance structures. A baseline of existing social capital in the groundfish fishery in the Northeast Region was conducted in 2010 by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. This survey is a follow up on this earlier initiative and will enable researchers to measure the change in the types and strength of relationships between groundfish permit holders in the Northeast. This work will inform our understanding of how best to design collaborative management structures in support of sustainable fisheries in the region and nationally.

For more details, see the 2013 Federal Register Notice for the survey.

Survey Instrument

Social Capital Survey of Northeast Groundfish Permit Holders 2012


Evolution of Social Capital and Economic Performance in New England Harvest Cooperatives
Social Capital and the Success of Harvest Cooperatives in the New England Groundfish Fishery