Port Salerno is an unincorporated town in Martin County, Florida with a population of 10,091 (Port Salerno CDP, 2014). Over the past few decades, the once thriving commercial fishing hub has undergone many changes due to local and external pressures. Fishing regulations have had a major impact on the community. Because of the regulations, Port Salerno’s economy shifted from predominantly commercial fishing to a resort and recreational fishing economy (Community Development: Port Salerno, 2010-11). A community profile was created by interviewing stakeholders using the Snowball Method to learn how local and external events impact Port Salerno socioeconomically. The data collected provided perspectives on the importance of fishing from commercial and recreational fishermen, marinas, bait and tackle shops, seafood businesses, and boat repair shops in the small waterfront town. Data was interpreted using content analysis methods, stakeholder matrices, and GIS; thus creating a voice for the community and useful suggestions for government policymakers. Additionally, it contributes to an objective of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA) which “requires agencies to examine the economic impacts of policies and regulations at the community level… [portraying] past and current engagement in fisheries…and also contain social and economic characteristics of these communities” (NOAA: Human Dimensions, 2014).
Flinn, Austin, "The socioeconomic importance of fishing in Port Salerno,Florida" (2014). Internship Reports (Restricted). 136.
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