Socioeconomic Monitoring

Assessing Change, Determining Impacts, Guiding Long-Term Management for Sanctuary Users

lobster trapSocioeconomic research and monitoring helps us understand the effects of the MPA Network on human spatial use patterns and associated market and non-market values, local and regional economies, and marine resource user attitudes and perceptions. The Sanctuary developed an explicit three-year social science plan (2007-2010) to acquire and analyze scientifically rigorous socioeconomic data on all human uses of the Sanctuary. Objectives are to: (i) test socioeconomic predictions made prior to marine reserve network establishment, (ii) monitor human-sanctuary interactions to inform adaptive management, and (ii) contribute to an ecosystem-based approach to management.

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Email the Social Science Plan Coordinator: Chris La Franchi



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