Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


One of the goals of the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 was the rebuilding of the American fishing industry. However, the Act does not give the U.S.fisherman exclusive rights to the fishery resource. The American fisherman will still be competing with the foreign fleets. Section 204 (b) (1) of the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. states: Each foreign nation with which the United States has entered into a governing international agreement shall submit an application to the Secretary of State each year for a permit for each of its fishing vessels to engage in fishing described in subsection (A). It appears, therefore, that there will be a few gates in this wall. Who comes through these gates will be determined by the State Department, the Regional Councils, and the Secretary of Commerce. However, the size of the gates will be determined by the Regional Councils as provided under the provisions of Section 303 subsection 4(B). Any fishery management plan which is prepared by any council, or by the Secretary, with respect to any fishery shall assess and specify the capacity and the extent to which fishing vessels of the United States, on an annual basis, will harvest the optimum yield specified under paragraph 3 and the portion of such optimum yield which, on an annual basis, will not be harvested by fishing vessels of the United States and can be made available for foreign fishing. For the first year of this Act, the Department of Commerce, with the help of its National Marine Fisheries Branch, will establish the optimum yield and whether or not there will be surpluses available to the foreign fleets.Therefore, for the first year the government will decide the size of the gate and to whom to sell tickets. We, therefore, come to the process of establishing a ticket price at the gate.