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Muse, Ben. 1998. "Management of the British Columbia Geoduck Fishery." CFEC Rpt. 98-3N. Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Juneau: May 1998. 23 pages.


The British Columbia commercial dive fishery for geoducks started in 1976. For its first three years this was an open access fishery without catch limits. Limited entry and total allowable catches were introduced in 1979. Excessive effort and concomitant problems led to the introduction of individual vessel quotas at industry request in 1989. This fishery has operated under individual quotas since that time. This paper reviews the history of this fishery paying particular attention to the limited entry and the individual quota programs.