We conduct economic and socio-cultural research to ensure that—in pursuit of our mission to preserve marine life—we consider all of the communities that depend on those resources. This can include fishermen, indigenous communities, whale watching operators, and other members of coastal communities that interact with marine resources in different ways.

By studying both the social and economic aspects of communities, we can manage fisheries and protected species in a way that works best for everyone. Economic and socio-cultural analyses helps managers evaluate the benefits and costs of different activities, prioritize needs, and encourage policies that maximize societal benefits from ocean and coastal resources.


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Commercial Fisheries

We conduct research to evaluate the benefits and costs of alternative management actions for commercial fisheries, prioritize management needs, and design policies that sustainably maximize societal benefits from ocean and coastal resources.  

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Recreational Fisheries

We collect economic data, develops economic models, and conducts analyses to maximize benefits to the nation while ensuring the long-term sustainability of all living marine resources.

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Resource managers consider the entire ecosystem, including humans and the natural elements, when making management decisions. By analyzing the economic and human dimensions of the marine ecosystem, resource managers are able to make informed decisions.

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Socio-cultural Dimensions

We conduct research to better understand the impacts of management decisions on our nation’s vital fishing communities. Each region creates fishing community profiles, which contain social and economic data. Social indicators are used to help assess community resilience and vulnerability.

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