The student will work with staff in the Social Sciences Branch of the NMFS Southeast Regional Office. The student will be responsible for compiling and analyzing social and economic data collected in association with our fishing and seafood dealer permit application, renewal, and transfer processes. The data to be analyzed includes demographic data on individuals that possess permits; the types, sizes, and ownership structure of businesses that possess permits; and permit sales/transfer price data. The purpose of the project is to determine: 1) the quality of the social and economic data being collected, 2) whether reasonably accurate statistical estimates can be generated and these estimates are suitable for policy analysis, and 3) whether and what changes to the data collection program(s) may be necessary. The student will be expected to generate a written project report containing a description of the data collection program(s), basic descriptive statistics, interpretations of those statistics, an evaluation of the data and the statistical estimates, and an evaluation of the data collection programs as well as recommendations for potential changes to those programs.