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Cost-earnings study of the American Samoa longline fishery based on vessel operations in 2009 and recent trend of economic performance
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    "The purpose of this study is to collect cost-earnings information for the longline fishing fleet based in American Samoa. The objectives of the analysis are to examine the economic health of the fleet and assess vessel operations and activities relevant to economic returns to individual vessels and the fleet as a whole. This information is required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to allow fisheries managers to consider potential economic impacts of future regulations. In 2001, O'Malley and Pooley (2002) conducted a similar cost/earnings study of the American Samoa-based longline fishery. Their study found that the majority of vessels were profitable, generating revenues sufficient to meet expenses. This current study serves to update the assessment of the overall fleet's economic performance and to assess how the economic performance of the fleet has changed. This analysis uses both primary and secondary sources of data on fleet operations in 2009 to provide the baseline information needed to support the fishery management. Cost data were collected through in-person interviews during the summer of 2010 (the survey form is presented in the Appendix), while other data were provided by the Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (WPacFIN), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC). In 2009, 26 boats were active in the American Samoa longline fleet: 1 was Class A (d 40 ft), 5 were Class C (50--70 ft), and 20 were Class D (e 70 ft). Class A vessels are outboard-enginepowered catamarans, called alias. These boats are generally less than 30 ft in overall length, take 1--3 day trips, have no or limited modern technology, and generally fish less than 350 hooks per set. Fishing by these boats is significantly different from that of the larger vessels"--Introduction. doi:10.7289/V5/AR-PIFSC-H-17-01 (https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/AR-PIFSC-H-17-01)]
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    http://doi.org/10.7289/V5/AR-PIFSC-H-17-01 (Online)
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