Socioeconomic surveys of households on Kiritimati have been undertaken in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2017. These provide time-series data that can be coupled with the collected ecological data, providing a unique insight into how people and reefs are linked.
Locally, we will be able to help inform the Kiribati government's evaluation of their population resettlement program on Kiritimati, and may help advance the management capacity of the fisheries department.
Our questions focus on the degree of dependence on marine resources on Kiritimati and the relationship between fishing effort and catch and the health of the coral reef. With the recent El Niño we are also focusing on the impact it had on the people.
Maryann, Danielle, and Julia recently published a paper using the data from these surveys - 'Subsistence in isolation: fishing dependence and perceptions of change on Kiritimati, the world's largest atoll.' Watch Maryann's presentation of the paper
Photos and quotes from our 2013 household surveys.