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Moving Toward a Cleaner, Safer, Healthier Environment

Cleaner Water

Establishing Individual Fishing Quota Systems

The Bush Administration, in its 2004 proposal to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, included the authority to establish individual fishing quota (IFQ) systems. An IFQ is a management program that provides a quantity of fish (generally a percent share of a harvest quota) exclusively to an individual fisherman. In such a program, each participating fisherman can use his share of the quota at any time during the fishing season. The Administration's proposal on IFQs seeks to strike a balance between flexibility in developing IFQ programs and the need to observe certain constraints or protections for the common good. Encouraging market-based incentives to adjust harvest capacity in a fishery will have the effects of ending the race for fish; improving product quality, and enhancing safety at sea, while providing for greater efficiency in fishing operations and ultimately improving the livelihood of the fishermen who depend on them.



Cleaner Air

Addressing Global Climate Change

Cleaner Water

Cleaner Lands

Healthier Ecosystems

A Cleaner, Healthier World Community

Healthier People

President Bush’s Performance-Based FY 2005 Budget


September 2004