Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Economic and Social Science Research Topics


Jerry Leonard
Program Manager
Staff Directory

Economic and Social Science Research

The Economic and Social Science Research Program examines the impact of West Coast fishing on communities and regional economies, including how fishery management decisions affect communities and environmental conditions.

Current Areas of Focus

Commercial Fishing

Data is collected from fishery participants of the federally-managed groundfish and salmon fisheries, and from state-regulated crab and shrimp fisheries. The data, such as the economic performance of harvesters and processors, helps NOAA scientists determine the effectiveness and outcomes of the Catch Share Program.

Recreational Fishing

Surveys are administered to anglers, shellfish harvesters, and charter boat operators. The data collected from the recreational fisheries provides a basis for quantifying the effects of changes in management or ecological conditions.

Community Economics

This research focuses on community dependence on marine resources and also considers the economic and social impacts of fishery management alternatives on coastal communities.