Voices from the Waterfront: Meet commercial fisherman Rob Seitz
Meet Rob Seitz, a commercial fisherman who fishes for dungeness crabs and groundfish in the waters off Astoria, Oregon and Ilwaco, Washington. Seitz hopes to work on a fishing vessel in the new West Coast Trawl Individual Fishing Quota program – a catch share program – that began January 11, 2011. Catch share programs dedicate a secure share of the catch to individual fishermen or groups of fishermen. The fishermen can then determine when the weather, markets and individual business concerns are most favorable for catching their specific allotment.
Seitz recently spoke to NOAA about how fishing has changed in the 25 years he’s been a commercial fisherman and his hopes for the future.