MARCH 2019 SUMMARY
A list of coastal adaptation strategies proposed by people in the finfish industry; no state endorsement is implied.
Finfishers recognize that the areas they fished in 30 years ago are not always the areas they fish in today. The areas they fish in today may not be the same areas they fish in tomorrow. With such changes, fishing costs often increase. Finfishers suggested these ideas for easing the transition.
Making it happen: Use more efficient vessel engines that can make longer trips with less fuel.
Making it happen: Increase access to private waterbottoms, opening up more productive areas and increasing catches.
Ideas from Commercial Finfishers
Commercial finfishers are only allowed to catch certain types of fish. If the list of allowable species was expanded, finfishers wouldn’t have to throw back so many fish once caught, potentially making each trip more efficient.
Commercial finfishers use gear customized to their target species and fishing grounds. But as environmental conditions change, this gear doesn’t always work as well as it used to. New gear options could help finfishers adapt.
Some fishing areas may not be as productive today as they used to be. New marketing approaches could increase the value of each catch, allowing finfishers to compensate for changing environmental conditions.
Ideas from Charter for Hire Finfishers
Customers paying for a finfishing trip typically want to “limit out.” Decreasing catch limits could allow these businesses to shorten trips, possibly allowing more than one trip a day.
Ideas from Recreational Finfishers
If areas that are normally fished aren’t as productive as before, can recreational finfishers change their expectations of what constitutes a good catch?
Members of Louisiana’s finfish industry suggested these strategies during workgroup meetings in 2018 and meetings in January 2019. Give us your ideas about what should be added. Updates to these lists will be made periodically to reflect what we’ve heard. In July, we’ll present the ideas we gathered to the CPRA Board. Our updated report will be released in late 2019.