Presentation at American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting
Our team’s social scientists, Mike Downs and Stev Weidlich, presented a talk about the Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares project yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Portland, Oregon.
Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares: Social and Economic Data Along the West and Northeast Coasts
Thursday, August 20, 2015: 9:40 AM
B-119 (Oregon Convention Center)
Michael Downs , AECOM, San Diego, CA
Stephen Weidlich , AECOM, San Diego, CA
The Measuring the Effects of Catch Shares Project is a webportal-based effort that continues to compile and analyze data on ecological, economic, social, and administrative changes in groundfish catch share fisheries on the West Coast and in the Northeast. Among other data, the project presents information on six key economic and social indicators across both fisheries. This presentation describes the overall project, its goals, and initial findings with regard to socioeconomic data. Specifically described are methodological considerations used in determining how and why a much larger number of potential indicators considered during project planning and initial baseline data gathering processes were winnowed down to the final key economic and social indicators. These considerations included the public availability of data, data accuracy, confidentiality, geographic coverage, and replicability, among others. Specifically underlined by the project findings is the importance of extended baseline time series data in placing potentially catch share-related changes in the context of longer-term fishery fluctuations and trends of change. Another preliminary conclusion is related to the challenges of confidentiality that severely restrict the analysis of changes at the sub-regional and/or port level, which is requiring implementation of additional methodologies in later stages of the project to address data gaps.