Integrating Socioeconomic Impacts into Fisheries Restoration Decisions

Principal Investigator

In collaboration with Duke University and partners, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies will advise in the execution of integrating socioeconomic impacts into fisheries restoration decisions. This project would give the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) staff guidance on how to better assess how restoration alternatives can contribute to local communities’ use of inshore fishing resources - recreational and subsistence use. DARRP could then better ensure that selected alternatives address that aspect of the injury.

Similarly, human use losses would be among the injuries considered during scaling, cost estimation, and the selection of a preferred restoration alternative. Finally, the restoration plan developed by DARRP would take human use losses into account in the design of final projects (as with all other identified injuries).