Jennifer Meredith, University of Washington, School of Economics
Chris Anderson, University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Amber Himes-Cornell, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Movement of Alaska residents out of commercial fishing has created concerns about the threat that this may pose to traditional communities and the need to better understand how fishing regulations influence migration decisions. This project will develop a predictive economic model of how shifts in Alaska fisheries management affect rural fish harvesters’ ability to make a living. The model will build on qualitative interviews, historical data, and newly collected survey data to identify the impact of policy measures, such as training programs and permit and credit subsidies, designed to reduce the amount of migration from rural fishing communities. It will help identify ways for fishery managers to enhance the sustainability of rural harvesting and traditional communities.