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.

Community Profiles

We are involved in a nationwide effort to profile fishing communities for the purpose of expanding our baseline knowledge of people who might be affected by changes in fishery regulations. Various federal statutes require agencies to examine the social and economic impacts of policies and regulations at the community level.

We initiated a national effort to create and maintain a series of regional fishing community profiles. The community profile series portrays past and current engagement in fisheries and also contains basic information on the social and economic characteristics of these communities. These reports allow us to provide assessments of communities engaged in or dependent upon fishing for management actions.

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Social Indicators

Social indicators are numerical measures that describe the well-being of individuals or communities. Indicators are comprised of one variable or several components combined into an index. They are used to describe and evaluate community well-being in terms of social, economic, and psychological welfare.

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Voices from Fisheries

Oral history interviews are a powerful way to document the human experience of our marine, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and our living marine resources. Visit our Voices from Fisheries database and listen to fascinating interviews from people who are part of the commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing industries in the United States and its territories.

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