JIMAR Project Highlights

Human Dimensions of Fishing and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Pacific

 

Project Description

Human dimensions research complements biophysical and economic studies by exploring social and cultural benefits and values associated with marine resources. Program researchers work collaboratively with Socioeconomics Program staff at NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) to collect and analyze data for developing frameworks to better understand fishermen, fishing families, fishing communities, and how they are affected by fishing regulations and management. The program also studies governance and institutional aspects of fisheries and marine resource management. We work with many partners to increase local community capacity to conduct and apply social research, and to increase public access to existing data sources and research products.

Recent Research

Social Research on Establishment of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Management Plan

On January 6, 2009, President George W. Bush established the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (MTMNM), as well as new marine national monuments (MNMs) at Rose Atoll and the Pacific Remote Islands (Proclamation 8335). Designation of the MTMNM was accompanied by contentious social debate over the merits of designation, the economic benefits, the effects of increased federal management in the archipelago, the impacts to fishermen and fishing communities, and other effects. However, there was no objective social research conducted to provide input into the designation process. This research initiative conducted socioeconomic studies to support development of a management plan for the MTMNM. Map of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.

Map of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument.
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Projects undertaken by JIMAR researchers include:

Sociocultural aspects of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument
This research explored CNMI and Guam residents' management preferences and perceptions of effects of the designation of the MTMNM. JIMAR staff, in collaboration with PIFSC researchers, implemented a telephone survey of 1,000 Guam and CNMI residents soliciting information on their awareness of and attitudes toward the new MNMs; associated values, beliefs, and behaviors; and priorities for the management plan and research efforts.

An assessment of traditional fishing patterns in the Islands Unit of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument
This research documented traditional fishing patterns in waters around Farallon de Pajaros (Uracas), Maug, and Asuncion--the Islands Unit of the MTMNM. The goals of this project was to: (a) document past and contemporary trips to the waters and lands of the Islands Unit; (b) describe perspectives and experiences of the people participating in these trips; and (c) explore the historical and cultural connections between residents of CNMI and Guam with the Northern Mariana Islands, especially those of the Islands Unit and their surrounding waters.

Farrallon de Pajaros, Maug and Asuncion Island Units of the MTMNM

Farrallon de Pajaros, Maug and Asuncion Island Units of the MTMNM

Contact Us

For more information about the PIFSC Socioeconomic Program, please contact:

Justin Hospital
Program Lead, Supervisory Economist
NOAA Inouye Regional Center
NMFS/PIFSC/ESD/Socioeconomics
1845 Wasp Blvd, Bldg 176
Honolulu, HI 96818-5007 USA
Phone: (808) 725-5399
Email: Justin Hospital
Hing Ling Chan, PhD
Senior Fisheries Economics Specialist,
JIMAR Supervisor
NOAA Inouye Regional Center
NMFS/PIFSC/ESD/Socioeconomics
1845 Wasp Blvd, Bldg 176
Honolulu, HI 96818-5007 USA
Phone: (808) 725-5395
Email: Hing Ling Chan