The Council‘s Social Science Planning Team is established to facilitate and enhance the use of social science data in the management process, and operates under the following mission statement:
The Social Science Planning Team (SSPT) is established to improve the quality and application of social science data that informs management decision-making and program evaluation. The SSPT is constituted of representatives who will strategize medium- and long-term improvements in data collection and analytical methodology, allowing the NPFMC to better meet its own program objectives as well as LAPP review requirements defined in the Magnuson-Stevens Act and recommended in NMFS guidelines. The SSPT will identify data needs, make recommendations regarding research priorities, and advise analysts in efforts to improve analytical frameworks when possible. The SSPT will support the collection and aggregation of social science data in a manner that cuts across Fishery Management Plans and specific management programs within the North Pacific region.
Upcoming Meeting: The SSPT will hold its first public in-person meeting May 8-9, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in the Birch/Willow room. Links and information are below.
Staff contact is Sarah Marrinan.
- Sally Bibb (NMFS)
- Sam Cunningham (NPFMC)
- Mike Downs (SSC; Northern Economics)
- Mike Fey (AKFIN)
- Elizabeth Figus (NPFMC)
- Steve Kasperski, Chair (AFSC)
- Seth Macinko (University of Rhode Island)
- Sarah Marrinan, Coordinator (NPFMC)
- Matt Reimer (SSC; University of Alaska – Anchorage)
- Marysia Szymkowiak (AFSC)