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.
The SSPT will hold a public organizational teleconference at 10am AKT on November 14, 2017, and report back to the Council and its advisory bodies at the February 2018 Council meeting in Seattle, WA. The first annual in-person SSPT meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 2018, with dates and location to be determined.
The public can join the November organizational teleconference at (888) 456-5038, with participant passcode 8480290.
Agenda for November 14 Teleconference
1. Introductions and selection of officer(s)
2. Refresh on organization, mission, and scope
3. May 2018 meeting agenda discussion
4. Discussion of SSPT member roles and responsibilities
5. May 2018 meeting logistics
6. Other business
7. Public comment
2017 June – Social Science Planning Team charter proposal
Staff contact is Sam Cunningham.
- Rachel Baker (NMFS Juneau)
- Sam Cunningham, Coordinator (NPFMC)
- Steve Kasperski (AFSC)
- Seth Macinko (SSC; University of Rhode Island)
- Sarah Marrinan (NPFMC)
- Matt Reimer (SSC; University of Alaska – Anchorage)
- Marysia Szymkowiak (AFSC)