Natural resource agencies often collect human dimensions data, but staff may not realize how to maximize their potential and practical application in fishery management. Using a combination of traditional symposium and workshop-style sessions, this unique event will demonstrate how to identify and use these data to improve fisheries management and guide decision-making. Participants will learn specific analytical techniques through hands-on exercises and demonstrations.

This innovative symposium is interactive and attendees can participate easily throughout. Foundational topics include comparison and contrast of human dimensions data to more familiar biological data; balancing of data sources for decision-making; human dimensions data collection methods; and basic evaluation of available data and analysis options. Expanded topics from 2022 include a focus on content analysis and identifying when a question needs a more advanced human dimensions approach. The goal of this innovative symposium is to put human dimensions tools into the hands of more fisheries biologists.


  • Rebecca Krogman, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Allen Martin, FL Fish and Wildlife
  • Chelsey Crandall, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, [email protected]
  • Vic DiCenzo, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission