North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Halibut Abundance-based Management of Prohibited Species Catch Limits
Wislow Research is preparing a comprehensive social impact assessment (SIA) component of the analysis of alternatives to change halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) from a fixed limit approach to variable limit system based on indices of halibut abundance. This SIA will involve an analysis of different distribution of social impacts across fishing communities engaged in either or both the groundfish and directed halibut fisheries in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Project in progress.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Secretarial Review Draft Social Impact Assessment: Catcher/Processor Mothership Restrictions in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska when taking Directed Non-CDQ Pacific Cod Deliveries from Trawl Catcher Vessels
Wislow Research prepared a comprehensive SIA component of the analysis of alternatives to limit the ability of catcher/processors to act as motherships when taking trawl-caught catcher vessel deliveries in the BSAI non-Community Development Quota (CDQ) directed Pacific cod fishery. The SIA involved an analysis of different distribution of social impacts across fishing communities in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest engaged in and dependent upon the fishery. Project completed April 2019.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Staff Social Impact Assessment Workshop
Mike Downs of Wislow Research conducted a workshop for 10 North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) to increase staff capabilities to produce SIA analyses in support of a range of proposed management actions. The workshop included information on regulatory requirements, best practices, and intended goals of SIAs; training on producing SIA components and the available information to do so; and initial steps toward the development of a template for the production of routine SIAs. Workshop conducted January 2019. Follow-on tasks in progress.