Brian’s research focuses on the effects of fishery rationalization and other management
institutions on economic performance and changes in the distribution of resource benefits and
ownership of catch share allocations and physical assets over time, and on improvement of
economic data collection and survey methods in commercial and recreational fisheries. Brian
manages AFSC’s Economic Data Report program for Alaska catch share fisheries and the
annual production of the Economic Status Report for BSAI Crab (Crab SAFE), and contributes
social and economic indicators and analyses to NPFMC plan teams and program reviews,
including Ecosystem and Socioeconomic Profiles (ESPs) for BSAI crab fisheries. He is a
member of the NPFMC’s Crab Plan Team and the NMFS Cost and Earnings Data
Harmonization Working Group.
Brian has been an economist at AFSC since 2005. Prior to that he was a Research Economist
with the USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station in Corvallis, OR. Brian holds a B.S. in
Environmental Policy from U.C. Davis, and an M.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics
and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy from Oregon State University.