The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Socioeconomics Program conducted a study of Hawaii’s small-boat commercial fishing fleet in the summer of 2014. The survey was designed to examine economic and cultural aspects of small-boat fishing and to estimate the ways in which the small-boat fleet contributes to Hawaii’s economy. This study is particularly important because it will provide resource managers with the kind of information that is needed for management to ensure a healthy future for marine fisheries around the Hawaiian Islands.
The study was carried out by PIFSC economist Minling Pan and JIMAR researcher Michel Hing Ling Chan. The survey was mailed to 1800 State of Hawaii commercial marine license (CML) holders and an online survey option was also available. A total of 828 responses were received, of which 94 (11%) were completed online. We appreciate the overwhelming participation and support from the small boat fishing community. Currently, we are processing the data and working on the summary and analysis.
We will keep you posted on the results and preliminary findings should be posted on the PIFSC website by the end of 2015. Fishermen who indicated interest in a copy of the results will receive the final report by mail. For questions about the study, or to request results from this project contact Dr. Minling Pan at (808-725-5349) or by email (Minling.Pan@noaa.gov).