Community Snapshots Tool Provides Insights on Hawaiʻi Fishing Communities

August 21, 2017

Learn about Hawaiʻi's different fishing communities with the Community Snapshots Tool!

Fishing boat docked at Hilo Harbor, Hawaii

Learn about fishing communities such as Hilo, Hawaiʻi with the Community Snapshots Tool (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Justin Hospital).

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center has launched an online Community Snapshots Tool that describes 42 communities throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Each snapshot is interactive and provides time series information on levels of fishing involvement and up to date demographic characteristics for Hawaiʻi communities. This information helps put the fishing data in a human context and highlights the diversity of our island communities.

National Standard 8 of the Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that fisheries management actions consider the importance of fishery resources to fishing communities to provide for their sustained participation and where possible, minimize adverse economic impacts on such communities. The Hawaiʻi Community Snapshots Tool is part of a national effort by social scientists in NOAA's Economic and Human Dimensions Research Program to make information about fishing communities more readily available to the public.

Hawaii Community Snapshots map

Hawaiʻi community snapshots take the pulse of Hawaiʻi fishing communities using information about their fishing involvement.

Some of the valuable community-level insights provided in each snapshot include:

  • The number of commercially-licensed fishermen and seafood dealers in the community.
  • Trends in commercial landings and value.
  • Catch and revenues from major species groups landed in the community.
  • Demographic attributes of the community (including educational attainment, occupations by industry, unemployment, median household income, poverty, median age, sex by age, ethnicity and race, and language).

If you have any questions about this project, please contact: pifsc.socioeconomics@noaa.gov

To view community snapshots for other regions in the United States, visit: