Workshop Agenda

Tuesday

1:00-1:15

Opening Remarks

Rita Curtis (Office of Science and Technology, NMFS-Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD)

1:15-1:30

2nd National Social Indicators Workshop – Overview of Workshop  C:\fakepath\pdficon_small.png

Presenter: Lisa Colburn (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett, RI)
The primary purpose of this workshop was to develop a NMFS approach for the assessment of fishing community vulnerability and resilience.  Key workshop objectives included a review of progress to date, determination of national indicators, identification of data needs and gaps, and chart next steps.

1:30-3:00

 

 

Development and Application of Social Indicators to Coastal Communities of the Northeastern and Southeastern US  C:\fakepath\pdficon_small.png

Presenter: Michael Jepson (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, South East Regional Office, St. Petersburg, FL)

The presentation provided an overview of ten indices developed and analyzed by NOAA researchers to measure fishing community vulnerability and resilience in the Northeast and Southeast U.S.  

3:15-5:00

 

 

Discussion of Data Collection Issues 

Session moderators: Michael Jepson (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, South East Regional Office, St. Petersburg, FL) and Lisa Colburn (Social Science Branch, NOAA/NMFS-Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett, RI)

The session consisted of a discussion about the issues encountered during the collection of data.  The main topics covered related to the challenge of finding data at the appropriate level of measurement, identification of primary data sources, and interregional comparability of data. n

Wednesday

8:30-9:15

 

 

Vulnerability, Resilience, and Social Capital  C:\fakepath\pdficon_small.png

Presenter: Lisa Colburn (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett, RI)

The presentation provided an overview of the literature on conceptual and operational definitions of resilience, vulnerability, social capital, and adaptive capacity. The relationship of these concepts to community dependence on fishing was discussed.

9:15-10:15

 

 

Indicator Methodology  C:\fakepath\pdficon_small.png

Presenter: Steve Jacob (York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA)

An overview of the operationalization of social indicators and methods for constructing indices to measure social and anthropological data in the context of sustainability and well-being of fishing communities was presented.

10:30-12:00

 

 

 

Indicators of Community Well-being from the American Community Survey  C:\fakepath\pdficon_small.png

Presenters: Trent Alexander and Anna Owens (U.S. Census Bureau, Data Analysis and User Education Branch, American Community Survey Office)

The presentation focused on U.S. Census data collection and analysis.  Information about the American Community Survey (ACS) and the decennial U.S. Census was presented. A description of methods for how to obtain and use data from the Census Bureau data files was provided.

1:15 – 2:45

 

 

Identifying Indicators

Session moderators: Michael Jepson (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, South East Regional Office, St. Petersburg, FL) and Lisa Colburn (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett, RI)

This session focused on achieving agreement on the terminology to be used in the analysis of fishing community vulnerability and resilience. Participants provided their viewpoints concerning the use of these terms and how they relate to other concepts.

3:00-3:45

 

 

Groundtruthing  (external validity)  C:\fakepath\pdficon_small.png

Presenter: Steve Jacob (York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA)

The presentation focused on groundtruthing and methods for increasing external validity in studies involving social indicators for fishing communities. Examples of the comparison between quantitative data assessed through the use of secondary sources and qualitative data from field research to show external validity were presented.

3:45-4:30

 

 

Community Selection Methods for Groundtruthing  C:\fakepath\pdficon_small.png

Presenter: Richard Pollnac (University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI)

The presentation centered on the use of taxonomy of fishing communities in the selection of communities to groundtruth the validity of social indicators.  

4:30-5:00

 

 

Recap and Directions for Final Discussion

Session moderators: Michael Jepson (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, South East Regional Office, St. Petersburg, FL) and Lisa Colburn (Social Science Branch,  NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett, RI)

The session consisted of a review and in-depth discussion of all ten indices. Additional variables were identified for consideration in future analysis.  

Thursday

8:30 to 2:00

 

 

Concluding Discussion

Session moderators: Michael Jepson (Social Science Branch, NOAA Fisheries, South East Regional Office, St. Petersburg, FL) and Lisa Colburn (Social Science Branch,  NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Narragansett, RI)

This session was a recap of the workshop focused on a discussion of data gaps, new data sources, performance measures, and the development of a working group.