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Muse, Ben. 1999. "Washington State Commercial Salmon Fishery Buyback Programs, 1995-1998." CFEC Rpt 991N. March, 1999. 33 pp.


Between 1995 and 1998 the State of Washington ran three buyback programs in salmon fisheries. Funding for these programs was provided by the federal government under the Inter jurisdictional Fisheries Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act. These programs bought and retired commercial salmon fishery limited entry licenses, but not salmon vessels. This paper describes and discusses these programs. Details are provided on the reasons for the buyback programs, the way programs identified the licenses to buy and the prices to pay for them, and the numbers of licenses removed from the fishery.