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NOAA FISHERIES: Office of Science and Technology

Studies on community impacts of fishing regulations

There are two broad categories of information that NMFS uses in its evaluations of impacts: community profiles and impact assessments. Impact assessments look at the basic profile of the community and then provide additional investigations of the likely impacts of specific regulations on each community --given its unique characteristics and heritage. The page on laws and policies provides some guidelines for National Standard 8 analyses and for Social Impact Assessments. Here we provide a sampling of some of the impact assessments conducted in recent years, in an attempt to give researchers and others a feel for how those guidelines are put into practice.