2011 Mariana Archipelago Cost-Earnings Study Underway

PIFSC economist Justin Hospital, in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Fisheries Group, has launched a survey to better understand the economic, social, and cultural importance of boat-based fishing across the Mariana Archipelago (Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

The survey is being fielded during the summer of 2011 and will establish important baselines to allow for improved consideration of the economic, social, and cultural impacts of future fisheries management in the region. In addition, the survey will enable fishermen to provide direct feedback to fishery management agencies in the form of attitude and perception questions and open-ended sections for comments and suggestions.

The survey will provide details on many aspects of boat-based fishing in the Marianas:

While the survey is voluntary, researchers hope to hear from as many fishermen as possible with a target of 300 surveys completed across the Mariana Archipelago. All personal information, survey responses, and comments will remain strictly confidential. Assuming data collection is completed by September 2011, preliminary results should be available in early 2012 with summary documents developed and distributed to survey participants and all other interested parties.