Carrie Pomeroy

California Sea Grant Extension Specialist
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Extension Team / cpomeroy@ucsd.edu / (831) 359-6670

Caroline (Carrie) Pomeroy, PhD, is a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist based at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Pomeroy is a social scientist whose work focuses on California fisheries, broader marine social-ecological systems, and associated communities. Her work is aimed at identifying and discovering research-based solutions to opportunities and challenges facing fisheries and fishing communities in particular and the broader range of ocean users more generally. Pomeroy earned her PhD from Texas A&M University, Masters from University of Miami, and Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Pomeroy uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative social science research approaches, including ethnographic, survey and archival research, and integrating diverse types and sources of data to afford contextualized results. Her current work includes research and extension on the development and use of social scientific information about human systems in fisheries management, climate change impacts on and implications for fisheries, and marine spatial planning that addresses the needs of diverse ocean users including fisheries, aquaculture and marine renewable energy interests.

Pomeroy works closely with fishing communities and fisheries managers statewide. She also provides technical advice to governmental agencies, resource users and communities, and environmental organizations on resource management, working waterfronts and related topics. In addition, she works on the development of informational materials about local fisheries and fishing communities.

Current Projects

  • Building socioeconomic information and capacity for its use in fisheries management
  • Human dimensions and socioeconomics of harmful algal blooms (HABs)
  • Impacts and implications of climate change for fisheries and communities
  • Interdependencies between California ports and commercial fisheries
  • Space use needs of fisheries and ocean aquaculture

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Selected Publications

Pomeroy C, Georgilas N, Aseltine-Neilson D, & Bartling R. 2018. Socioeconomic Guidance for the California Marine Life Management Act Amended Master Plan. Prepared under contract for the California Ocean Protection Council and the Resources Legacy Fund: 119p. View PDF.

Chavez FP, Chavez FP, Costello C, Aseltine-Neilson D, Doremus H, Field JC, Gaines SD, Hall-Arber M, Mantua NJ, McCovey B, Pomeroy C, Sievanen L, Sydeman W, & Wheeler SA et al. 2017. Readying California Fisheries for Climate Change. Oakland, CA, California Ocean Science Trust: 70p.  View PDF

Helvey M, Pomeroy C, Pradhan, NC, Squires D, Stohs S. 2017. Can the United States have its fish and eat it too? Marine Policy, 75, 62-67. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.10.013  [Open Access Version]

Aguilera SE, Broad K, & Pomeroy C. 2018. Adaptive Capacity of the Monterey Bay Wetfish Fisheries: Proactive Responses to the 2015–16 El Niño Event. Society & Natural Resources, 1338-1357. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1471176

Pomeroy C, Galligan M, Reilly P, & Culver C. 2016. Collaborative Fisheries Research to Build Socioeconomic Essential Fishery Information: A Test Case. Report to Collaborative Fisheries Research West, California Ocean Protection Council: 99p. View PDF

Pomeroy C, Hall-Arber M, & Conway F. 2015. Power and perspective: Fisheries and the ocean commons beset by demands of development. Marine Policy, 61, 339-346. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.11.016

Caroline (Carrie) Pomeroy, PhD, is a California Sea Grant Extension Specialist based at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Pomeroy is a social scientist whose work focuses on California fisheries, broader marine social-ecological systems, and associated communities. Her work is aimed at identifying and discovering research-based solutions to opportunities and challenges facing fisheries and fishing communities in particular and the broader range of ocean users more generally. Pomeroy earned her PhD from Texas A&M University, Masters from University of Miami, and Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Pomeroy uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative social science research approaches, including ethnographic, survey and archival research, and integrating diverse types and sources of data to afford contextualized results. Her current work includes research and extension on the development and use of social scientific information about human systems in fisheries management, climate change impacts on and implications for fisheries, and marine spatial planning that addresses the needs of diverse ocean users including fisheries, aquaculture and marine renewable energy interests.

Pomeroy works closely with fishing communities and fisheries managers statewide. She also provides technical advice to governmental agencies, resource users and communities, and environmental organizations on resource management, working waterfronts and related topics. In addition, she works on the development of informational materials about local fisheries and fishing communities.

Current Projects

  • Building socioeconomic information and capacity for its use in fisheries management
  • Human dimensions and socioeconomics of harmful algal blooms (HABs)
  • Impacts and implications of climate change for fisheries and communities
  • Interdependencies between California ports and commercial fisheries
  • Space use needs of fisheries and ocean aquaculture

Featured Outreach Products

Selected Publications

Pomeroy C, Georgilas N, Aseltine-Neilson D, & Bartling R. 2018. Socioeconomic Guidance for the California Marine Life Management Act Amended Master Plan. Prepared under contract for the California Ocean Protection Council and the Resources Legacy Fund: 119p. View PDF.

Chavez FP, Chavez FP, Costello C, Aseltine-Neilson D, Doremus H, Field JC, Gaines SD, Hall-Arber M, Mantua NJ, McCovey B, Pomeroy C, Sievanen L, Sydeman W, & Wheeler SA et al. 2017. Readying California Fisheries for Climate Change. Oakland, CA, California Ocean Science Trust: 70p.  View PDF

Helvey M, Pomeroy C, Pradhan, NC, Squires D, Stohs S. 2017. Can the United States have its fish and eat it too? Marine Policy, 75, 62-67. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.10.013  [Open Access Version]

Aguilera SE, Broad K, & Pomeroy C. 2018. Adaptive Capacity of the Monterey Bay Wetfish Fisheries: Proactive Responses to the 2015–16 El Niño Event. Society & Natural Resources, 1338-1357. doi: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1471176

Pomeroy C, Galligan M, Reilly P, & Culver C. 2016. Collaborative Fisheries Research to Build Socioeconomic Essential Fishery Information: A Test Case. Report to Collaborative Fisheries Research West, California Ocean Protection Council: 99p. View PDF

Pomeroy C, Hall-Arber M, & Conway F. 2015. Power and perspective: Fisheries and the ocean commons beset by demands of development. Marine Policy, 61, 339-346. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.11.016