Environmental Management

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 74–87 | Cite as

Citizen-Science and Participatory Research as a Means to Improve Stakeholder Engagement in Resource Management: A Case Study of Vietnamese American Fishers on the US Gulf Coast

  • Rebecca L. ScheweEmail author
  • David Hoffman
  • Joseph Witt
  • Brian Shoup
  • Matthew Freeman


This study examines the engagement of Vietnamese American commercial fisheries stakeholders in the US Gulf Coast with state and federal agencies and the role that citizen science and participatory research may play in improving this engagement. Using a mixed methods study including surveys, interviews, and focus groups, findings highlight language, lack of trust, and outreach misfit as key barriers to engaging Vietnamese American stakeholders as demanded for collaborative resource management or co-management. However, findings also demonstrate the potential role for citizen science and participatory research that collaboratively engages stakeholders in research to overcome some of these barriers to engaging diverse fishing stakeholders.


Citizen science Stakeholder engagement Collaborative management 


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Conflict of Interest

This project received funding under award NA15NMF4270343 from NOAA Fisheries Service, in cooperation with the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA Fisheries. This publication was made possible through the support provided by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce/NOAA through the University of Southern Mississippi under the terms of the Agreement No. USM-GR05007-R/SFA-04-PD. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce/NOAA of the University of Southern Mississippi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca L. Schewe
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Hoffman
    • 2
  • Joseph Witt
    • 2
  • Brian Shoup
    • 2
  • Matthew Freeman
    • 2
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA

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