Logbook pilot program for California's nearshore groundfish fishery results and lessons learned
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Logbook pilot program for California's nearshore groundfish fishery results and lessons learned

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    "This report describes results of a pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of a logbook program for California's nearshore commercial groundfish fishery. The pilot study was designed to address the need for: (i) more refined area-specific estimates of kept and released fish (by species) and effort (by gear type), and (ii) economic data. Because only a small number of fishermen participated in the pilot study, results should not be viewed as representative of the fishery. However, the study did yield a number of concrete recommendations that may be useful, should the logbook be taken beyond the pilot stage. Rewording suggestions are provided to address ambiguities in the logbook form that became apparent over the course of the pilot study. Strategies are discussed for ensuring accurate and consistent entry of logbook data into the database (e.g., range checks, lookup tables). Suggestions are made for matching of logbook data to landings receipts and calibrating logbook hailed weights to landing receipt weights. Some general conclusions: (i) Input from fishermen is essential for developing logbook forms that reasonably reflect the nature of fishing operations and for streamlining data entry (e.g., through use of working logbook forms). (ii) The quality and consistency of data obtained in the pilot study suggest that a logbook program is feasible for this fishery. (iii) Voluntary logbook participation by motivated individuals may provide greater assurance of data quality than a mandatory program. However, a voluntary program raises issues of representativeness and precision of logbook data and incentives for participation that should be considered prior to implementation"--Abstract.
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