The Long Voyage to Including Sociocultural Analysis in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service

Abbott-Jamieson, Susan and Clay, Patricia M. (2010) The Long Voyage to Including Sociocultural Analysis in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Marine Fisheries Review, 72(2), pp. 14-33.

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Abstract

The United States has managed and analyzed its marine fisheries since 1871, and since 1970 via NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). As the primary directive moved from aiding fishermen in expanding their operations emphasizing conservation, the government over time recognized that management involves influencing people not fish, and has hired social scientists to complement the biologists who assess fish populations. This change has not always been smooth. We use archival documents and oral histories to trace the development of sociocultural analytic capabilities within NMFS and describe future plans for growing the program. Four points are made. First, NMFS has created the best developed social science program in NOAA. Second, established institutions change slowly; achieving the social science presence in NMFS has taken over 25 years. Third, change needs visionaries and champions with both tenacity and opportunity. Fourth, social science data collection and research helps in making fishery management decisions, but they have also been useful in evaluating the impact and helping with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Good work finds other uses.

Item Type: Article
Title: The Long Voyage to Including Sociocultural Analysis in NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Abbott-Jamieson, Susan
Clay, Patricia M.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 72
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 14-33
Date: 2010
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9675
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 16:28
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 16:28
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9675

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