East Coast Forum

Human Dimensions of Management

May 9-10, 2012 • Beaufort, NC

Final AgendaFinal Summary

The purpose of the 2012 East Coast Forum was to foster a discussion about the effective and meaningful integration of socioeconomic information and considerations into the decision-making process.

Forum Objectives

  • Advance knowledge of social science disciplines, research methods, and data inputs; and enhance ability to interpret sociocultural and economic analyses, and impact assessments

  • Review the legal requirements and institutional history of social science in the Council process, including National Standard 8 and the role of fishing communities; and explore the processes through which social scientific information and data needs are identified and communicated between partners in the management process

  • Investigate the range of socioeconomic considerations, management decisions and questions for which sociocultural and economic analysis can support the decision-making process

  • Share perspectives on the meaningful integration of social scientific information into the decision-making process

Forum Resources

Keynote address

The importance of economics and social science in fisheries management

Alan Risenhoover, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, NOAA Fisheries


Social science research methods and key concepts

Scoping social science disciplines and methods

Lisa Campbell, Associate Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University


Fishing communities in marine fisheries management

Susan Abbott-Jamieson, President, Abbott-Jamieson Consulting, Ltd.


Market and non-market value

Martin Smith, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics, Duke University


Fishery management, job satisfaction, and well-being

Richard Pollnac, Research Professor, Marine Affairs Department, University of Rhode Island


Fishery community vulnerability: Concepts and measurement

Lisa Colburn, Anthropologist, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center


Social science and the fisheries management process

Portrait of a fishery

Linwood Pendleton, Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University


The role of the social sciences in U.S. marine fisheries management: The origins

Mike Orbach, Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University


Social science in the council process: Current policy directions and emerging applications

Mark Holliday, Director, NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy


Putting it all together: Economic and social performance and change in U.S. fisheries

NEFSC socioeconomic performance measures

Matthew McPherson, Social Sciences Branch Chief, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center


The Recreational Saltwater Fisheries Action Agenda and improving socioeconomic information for recreational fisheries

Forbes Darby, National Recreational Fisheries Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries


Concepts, cultural values and subsistence fisheries

Mike Orbach, Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University