A Comparative Analysis of Government Regulations, Fishing Effort, and Outside Influences on Lobster Landings for the State of Rhode Island
Ecology; Economic policy; Environmental policy; Environmental protection; Federal government; Federal legislation; Government agencies; Local government; Natural resources; Public policy
A quantitative statistical analysis written as a Masters Thesis in Problem Solving for the Johnson and Wales University MBA Program.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) contends that increased regulation is required to save dwindling American Lobster stocks (Homarus Americanus) in the North Atlantic Region. Members of various trade organizations contend that the stocks are at the very least stable and probably growing. That cyclical rises and falls in the total biomass is a natural function and is altered more by pollution and habitat degradation than commercial fishing. This paper gives an alternate theory through the use of research and statistical analysis as regards to harvest within the Rhode Island waters. These waters being defined as those within the Northeast and Southwest boundaries of NMFS Management Areas 2 and 3 that are covered by both state and federal jurisdiction.