Our research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions.

Our research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions.

Our new paper in @Nature Ocean Sustainability, explores the potential to achieve #seafood "independence" in the US. While there is a lot of attention on all the seafood we import, perhaps we should focus on what we produce. https://www.nature.com/articles/s44183-024-00069-3 @TolulopeOyikeke @AdvaniSahir

Our new paper in @PolicyMarine, led by @AdvaniSahir and in collaboration with @USDA_AMS and @NOAAFisheries, we provide the first estimate of direct seafood marketing in the United States: https://bit.ly/3X1hiRJ

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We are broadly interested in questions about the design and maintenance of institutions (formal and informal) that support sustainable fisheries and the communities that depend on them. Towards this objective, we work on a range of interdisciplinary research projects that fit within three broad themes:

Coastal Community Adaptation and Resilience: How and why are communities adapting to systemic changes? What strategies enable (disable) the equitable distribution of resources? What are the cumulative impacts of socioeconomic and environmental change on communities’ adaptive capacity?

Seafood Systems and Community Well-being:  What happens to seafood when it enters the market (aka unpacking the black box)? What role does seafood trade and distribution play in fostering coastal community health and well-being? How can seafood distribution foster resilience and strengthen local and regional food systems? As part of this work our team leads the Local Catch Network.

Ocean and Coastal Governance: How does governance shape coastal communities’ access to and engagement with marine resources? What forms of policy facilitate collaboration and empower local peoples?


Love, D. C., Asche, F., Gephart, J. A., Zhu, J., Garlock, T., Stoll, J. S., … & Bloem, M. W. (2023). Identifying opportunities for aligning production and consumption in the US fisheries by considering seasonalityReviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture31(2), 259-273.
Love, D., et al. “An overview of retail sales of seafood in the USA, 2017–2019.” Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture 30.2 (2022): 259-270.
Britsch, M., Leslie, H., and Stoll, J. “Diverse perspectives on aquaculture development in Maine.” Marine Policy 131 (2021): 104697.
Stoll, J., et al. “Alternative seafood networks during COVID-19: Implications for resilience and sustainability.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5 (2021): 97.
Cucuzza, M., Stoll, J., and Leslie, H. “Evaluating the theoretical and practical linkages between ecosystem-based fisheries management and fisheries co-management.” Marine Policy 126 (2021): 104390.


Our group is engaged in interdisciplinary and applied research related to sustainable fisheries, ocean and coastal governance, food systems, and social-ecological dynamics. Our research is informed by real-world engagement with marine resource users, coastal community stakeholders, and policymakers. For this reason, much of our work is based in Maine, where opportunities for regular and ongoing collaboration is most possible. We also work across the United States and, increasingly, around the world.

I am recruiting graduate students for our first cohort of a NSF-funded National Research Training program that focuses on interdisciplinary ecosystem science in the face of rapid ocean change: https://shorturl.at/bfBJ2

If you are interested in exploring ways to collaborate or have ideas and/or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out: joshua.stoll@maine.edu.