Fisheries Social Science

Carrie Pomeroy is the SGEP Advisor based in Santa Cruz County. She conducts a program of research, education, and outreach on the human dimensions of fisheries in the Monterey Bay region and statewide. Her current work includes:

  • conducting research on the human dimensions of fisheries and fishing communities,
  • facilitating the exchange of social scientific information among diverse fisheries interests and the general public, and
  • providing advice for sustainable resource management.

Santa Cruz Harbor Commercial Fishing Community Profile: California Fishing Communities Project.
California Sea Grant Extension Program, July 2008. Caroline Pomeroy, Ph.D., Melissa M. Stevens, M.SC. Publication No. T-066

Other Research and Information

Selected Publications

Socio-Economics of Fisheries and Fishing Communities

Pomeroy, C., and M. Dalton. 2005. Market Channels and Value Added to Fish Landed at Monterey Bay Ports: Technical Narrative Report. California Sea Grant Project R/MA-43, 18 pp.

Pomeroy, C., and M. Dalton. 2003Socio-Economics of the Moss Landing Commercial Fishing Industry. Report to the Monterey County Office of Economic Development and the Moss Landing Study Steering Committee, 121 pp.

Pomeroy, C., M. Hunter, and M. Los Huertos. 2002. Socio-Economic Profile of the California Wetfish Industry. In California's "Wetfish" Industry: Its Importance Past, Present and Future, D.B. Pleschner, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: California Seafood Council. 46 pp.

Pomeroy, C., and M. FitzSimmons. 2001. Socio-Economic Organization of the California Market Squid Fishery: Assessment for Optimal Resource Management. California Sea Grant Project R/MA-39. 10 pp.

Fisheries Co-Management

Pomeroy, C. 2002. Marine Reserves as a Resource Management Tool: An Evaluative Study of Cooperative Data Collection at Big Creek. Marine Ecological Reserves Research Program. California Sea Grant Program.

Pomeroy, C., and J. Beck. 1999. An experiment in fishery co-management: evidence from Big Creek. Society and Natural Resources 12:719-739.

Marine Reserves

Pomeroy, C., and M. Hunter. 2005. The Channel Islands Marine Reserve Process: The Role of the Social Science. In O.T. Magoon, H. Converse, B. Baird, and M. Miller-Henson, eds. California and the World Ocean '02. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.

Pomeroy, C. 2004. Effectiveness of Marine Reserves: Socio-Economic Considerations. Starr, R.M., M.H. Carr, J. Caselle, J.A. Estes, C. Pomeroy, C. Syms, D.A. VenTresca, and M.M. Yoklavich. A Review of the Ecological Effectiveness of Subtidal Marine Reserves in Central California. Part I: Synopsis of Scientific Investigations. Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series MSD-04-2. NOAA Marine Sanctuaries Division, Silver Spring, MD, p. 73-87.

Christie, P., B.J. McCay, M.L. Miller, C. Lowe, A.T. White, R. Stoffle, D.L. Fluharty, L. Talaue McManus, R. Chuenpagdee, C. Pomeroy, D.O. Suman, B.G. Blount, D. Huppert, R. Villahermosa Eisma, E. Oracion, K. Lowry, and R.B. Pollnac. 2003. A social research agenda for marine protected areas (MPAs). Fisheries 28(12):22-26.

Wahle, C., S. Lyons, K. Barba, L. Bunce, P. Fricke, E. Nicholson, M. Orbach, C. Pomeroy, H. Recksiek, J. Uravitch. 2003. A Social Science Research Strategy for Marine Protected Areas. Santa Cruz, CA: National Center, MPA Science Institute, NOAA.

Fisheries Human Dimension / Social Science Links

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's
Economic Fisheries Information Network (EFIN):

NOAA Fisheries' Local Fisheries Knowledge (LFK) Project:


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