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The NOAA Fisheries Economics and Social Sciences
Program supports an ecosystem-based approach for
managing the Nation's living marine resources.
Within this context, the Program:
- collects economic and sociocultural data and
conducts analyses required under the applicable
- conducts economic and sociocultural research
to facilitate the use of ecosystem-based management;
- improves the economic and sociocultural
research tools that provide information for resource
managers and decision makers.
The Economics and Social
Sciences Program operates through the Division of
Economics & Social Analysis in the Office of
Science & Technology at Headquarters and through
the Regional Offices and Science Centers.
the Regional Programs and Division of Economics
and Social Analysis provide data and other scientific
information to meet biological, ecological,
sociocultural, and economic objectives for the
conservation and management of living marine resources.
The Division of Economics & Social Analysis:
- implements national
- conducts applied research on ecosystem management
- coordinates research and data collection activities
undertaken by the Agency.
The Regional Offices and Science Centers:
- collect relevant economic and sociocultural
- assess changes in key economic and sociocultural
- conduct applied research on ecosystem management
- conduct analyses of the economic and sociocultural
impacts of alternative management measures.