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Socioeconomics Group

The Center's Socioeconomics and Planning Group conducts a broad range of research across the Pacific Islands Region to support NOAA goals of sustainable fisheries, habitat conservation, and protected species recovery within coastal and oceanic ecosystems. More...


News and Highlights

  • June 9, 2014
    The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center will be conducting a socioeconomic study of Hawaii's small-boat commercial fishing fleet. This study is particularly important because it will provide resource managers with the kind of economic information that is needed to ensure a healthy future for marine fisheries around the Hawaiian Islands. More...
  • May 22, 2014
    PIFSC Economists Hing Ling Chan and Minling Pan have assessed the economic performance of three Pacific Islands Region commercial fisheries using a set of "national standard" indicators. The analysis was carried out for the Hawaii-based longline fishery for tunas and swordfish, the American Samoa longline fishery, and the bottomfish fishery in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). More...
  • May 22, 2014
    PIFSC researchers have begun a study to understand how the social relationships of Hawaii longline fishermen, and specifically information-sharing networks, might influence outcomes in the fishery. The study used a survey to collect information about whom fishermen most frequently contacted for information and advice on fishery regulations, vessel technology, and bycatch, and how often. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • February 20, 2015
    American Samoa fishing community profile: 2013 update
    Grace-McCaskey CA
    [2015] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Administrative Report H-15-04, 30 p
  • January 29, 2015
    Monitoring socioeconomic impacts of Hawai'i's 2010 bigeye tuna closure: Complexities of local management in a global fishery
    Richmond L, Kotowicz D, Hospital J
    [2015] Ocean and Coastal Management 106: 87-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.01.015
  • January 29, 2015
    Equity and access in marine protected areas: The history and future of 'traditional indigenous fishing' in the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument
    Richmond L, Kotowicz D
    [2014] Applied Geography 2014: 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.11.007 (In Press)
  • January 16, 2015
    Hawaii retail seafood markets: observations from Honolulu (2007-2011)
    Hospital J, Beavers C
    [2014] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Administrative Report H-15-01, 32 p
  • November 13, 2014
    Stock assessment update for the main Hawaiian Islands Deep7 Bottomfish Complex through 2013 with projected annual catch limits through 2016
    Brodziak J, Yau A, O'Malley J, Andrews A, Humphreys R, DeMartini E, Pan M, Parke M, Fletcher E
    [2014] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-42, 61 p.
  • August 5, 2014
    Book Review: Billion-Dollar Fish: The Untold Story of Alaska Pollock
    Hospital J
    [2014] Journal of Fish Biology 85: 556-557. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12464