Jena McNeal

Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Spring 2009


The intent of this internship was to create community profiles and fact sheets on a total of 38 fishing communities in the South Atlantic States; North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the East Coast of Florida. The fact sheets provide a clear and concise snapshot of each community allowing persons involved in creating fishery management plans and social impact statements to have a quick and easy way to better understand these fishing communities. The fact sheets include a brief history of fisheries in the community, tables showing socio-demographic data, graphs depicting fisheries catch and value data from 1993-2007 (1994-2007 for North Carolina), the top five species for the community, the number of dealers from 1993-2007 (excluding North Carolina), a section on current fishery management plans and regulations and a Geographic Information System (GIS) map that shows the community. This fact sheet helps to uphold National Standard eight of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act by magnifying issues in fishing communities that may have been over looked. This is shown through two case studies in Georgetown, South Carolina and McClellanville, South Carolina where issues are brought to light that warrant further investigation in regards to future FMPs and MPAs affecting their fisheries.


Department: MAF

Location: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Southeast Fisheries Science Center

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