Stephen (Steve) Kasperski
Steve’s research explores the economics of multispecies and ecosystem-based management, the economic and social impacts of fisheries management decisions, and the impact of climate change on, and risk management strategies for, fishermen and fishing communities. He is responsible for reporting performance metrics of North Pacific Catch Share Programs, conducting community participation analyses for use in Social Impact Analyses (SIAs) prepared for the NPFMC as well as for the Annual Community Engagement and Participation Overview (ACEPO) Report, developing community based recreational fishing indices for Alaska for the National Social Indicators webpage, and producing annual revenue nowcast estimates of current year groundfish and crab revenues for NPFMC Total Allowable Catch (TAC) determination.
Steve has been an economist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center since 2009 and was the program manager of the Economic and Social Sciences Research Program from 2017-2021. He graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Economics with a concentration in financial markets and went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland. During his time at the AFSC, Steve has primarily focused on issues of risk management in fisheries through evaluation of a variety of resilience strategies at the individual, vessel, fleet, port, community, and ecosystem level for fisheries in Alaska and on the West Coast of the U.S.