Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Fishing communities by gear and species project

Fisheries management occurs through the use of Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs). The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), National Standard 8 requires that human fishing communities are considered as well as the potential impact of management to those communities. Efforts to identify fishing communities commenced with a short form profile effort. NWFSC social scientists generated profiles for 125 fishing communities. This research expands on the initial effort. The goals of this project include:

  1. Align fishing communities with FMPs
  2. Show the distribution of commercial fishing effort across FMPs
  3. Describe communities by gear use
  4. Increase the functionality of all communities research

Upon conclusion of this effort, specific communities may be identified and given more in-depth consideration by the FMP management measure at hand.

Reports and results of this study will be released by FMP. The first report for the Groundfish FMP on the West Coast will be potentially released in 2013. Subsequent reports of Highly Migratory Species, Coastal Pelagics, and Salmon will be released shortly thereafter.