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In the United States, a number of legal mandates require social impact assessments of proposed federal fisheries management and other actions. However, too often there are insufficient data with which to conduct social impact assessments for fisheries management, in part because these data are expensive and time consuming to collect and social science for SIAs is typically underfunded. To address this lack of data, these authors profiled 16 fishing communities in eastern Maine (Vinalhaven, Stonington, Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Swan’s Island, Steuben, Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro, Milbridge, Jonesport, Beals, Bucks Harbor, Lubec, and Eastport), focusing on the communities in eastern Maine currently or historically engaged in the New England groundfish fishery. The profiles are based on a rapid assessment to document the current infrastructure and updated with social, economic, and demographic data available from the 2010 U.S. Census and with 2011 state and federal license data.
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
downeast Maine, fishing communities, lobster fishery, groundfish fishery, social impact assessments, fisheries management, Vinalhaven, Stonington, Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Swan’s Island, Steuben, Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro, Milbridge, Jonesport, Beals, Bucks Harbor, Lubec, Eastport
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Johnson, T.R., K. Athearn, S. Randall, M. Garland, K. Ross, K. Cline, C. Petersen, R. Alden, and C. Guenther. 2015. Profiles of sixteen eastern Maine fishing communities. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Miscellaneous Report 446.