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Maria Vasta

Job Title: Social Scientist (Contractor)
Email: maria.vasta@noaa.gov
Phone: 508-795-4711

NOAA Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications


Maria received a B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2012, and a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in 2015. While at URI, Maria's thesis research explored the development of tourism activities on shellfish aquaculture farms in the U.S. She also worked as a research assistant on several other projects investigating shellfish aquaculture development and public perceptions of aquaculture in Rhode Island. Maria joined the Social Sciences Branch as a Social Scientist (Contractor) in 2016.


Maria is currently involved with several research projects investigating social impacts associated with sector management in the New England groundfish fishery. Her current studies focus on examining quota trading patterns and changes in risk exposure and safety in the groundfish fishery. Maria has also assisted the Groundfish Plan Development Team (PDT) in assessing the social impacts resulting from proposed changes in fishery regulations.