• The fisheries are closely and carefully monitored by NMFS scientists and law enforcement personnel.
  • Natural variability is explicitly taken into account, because IFQ shares are percentages of the annually variable TACs, rather than for a certain amount of fish; an individual’s fractional share remains constant, but the total, science-based quota varies in accordance with the natural fluctuations of the fish populations.
  • Far less fishing gear is left on the fishing grounds because the fishery is less frantic than in previous years; this reduces unwanted catch by abandoned gear.
  • Seafood quality is better because steady landings allow for better on-boat handling and prompt processing; this also reduces waste.