Citizen Science Program

Understanding the interactions between the ecosystem and the biological, economic and social components of a fishery is critical when developing management strategies that promote sustainable fishing. Resource extraction needs to accommodate diverse uses and objectives across multiple scales and sectors. This can be socially and politically challenging due to the number of people involved and their high dependence on coastal and marine resources as food and livelihood resources. We have partnered with fishermen and local communities to generate fisheries, biological, economic and spatial data in order to identify and understand interactions between artisanal fishing activities, target species, protected species and MPAs.