Economic and social science engagement at Pier 38 – An ear to the ground

Economic researcher Kolter Kalberg (JIMAR) and Social Science researcher Dawn Kotowicz (JIMAR) visit the Honolulu Fish Auction weekly. They check in with fish dealers, auction staff, and longline fishermen during their early mornings at Pier 38. They check to see how much fish is being sold that day and which boats landed their catch the night before. Dealers discuss the prices for the day and whether they can fill their orders. Longline fishermen who landed that morning are likely to be nearby and are often willing to discuss how the fishing was on their most recent trip.


Continued engagement with these stakeholder groups associated with the Hawaii longline fishery has provided the opportunity to monitor changes in various aspects of the fishery overtime, such as when the Hawaii longline fleet reached its quota in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in November 2013

When issues of interest arise for managers or stakeholders of the fishery, changes can be investigated using regularly collected data along with observations. This approach to research with the Hawaii longline fleet has led to several research projects including:

  • Social and economic effects of the first extended closure of Hawaii Longline Fishery. This research is detailed in a previous blog post and on the PIFSC website.
  • Describing distribution channels for longline-caught fish in Hawaii using observations to create a typology of dealers at the auction and then maintaining close observation of dealers representing each category. Check out a research summary and download a research brochure
  • An exploration of imported tuna and its interactions with Hawaii’s locally landed tuna market.

To keep up with this and other research from the PIFSC Socioeconomics Program visit our website

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