Socioeconomics Research

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. The research helps ensure that marine resource managers have an understanding of cultural traditions, local knowledge, and socioeconomic values associated with marine resource use and conservation in Pacific Island communities and sufficient information to evaluate the social and economic impacts of management options and regulatory decisions on all segments of society.

Research is conducted in two programs: the Economics Program and the Human Dimensions Research Program.