At the April 2021 Council meeting, the SSC received a presentation on a new report produced by the Alaska Fisheries Science Center – the Annual Community Engagement and Participation Overview (ACEPO). ACEPO is an annual report that provides social and economic information at the community level for those fishing communities which are substantially dependent on, or engaged in, the North Pacific Groundfish and Crab fisheries.
The SSC commended the authors on producing a community-level analysis that is guided by NPFMC management objectives and National Standard 8, and felt it would be useful resource for staff in the preparation of FMP and program review analyses as well as for the public. Because ACEPO will be updated annually, the SSC also recommended that future iterations incorporate highly engaged communities outside of Alaska and prioritize adding additional information would be useful resource for staff in the preparation of FMP and program review analyses as well as for the public.
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