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Muse, Ben. 1998. "Management of the British Columbia Abalone Fishery." CFEC Rpt. 98-1N. Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Juneau: May 1998. 13 pages.


In 1976, production from the British Columbia commercial dive fishery for abalone increased substantially. For the next 14 years the fishery was relatively active. However, the fishery has not been opened since 1990 due to the depletion of the abalone stocks. Little was known about the stock or its harvestable surplus when the fishery expanded in 1976. Regulations to control effort and production included the introduction of limited entry in 1977 and a total allowable catch, supported by a form of individual quotas, in 1979. This report surveys the history of this fishery after 1976, paying particular attention to the limited entry and the individual quota programs.