A major challenge in gauging long-term and cumulative impacts of fisheries management
on coastal fishing communities is the lack of understanding of the interactions between
changes in fish stocks and waterfront land uses. This study examines these interactions
in the New Bedford/Fairhaven area using parcel level data and geographic information
system (GIS) tools. Logistic regression models were used to assess the impact of
changes in marine resource abundance on waterfront land uses. Although land-use
decisions are influenced by many complex market and regulatory factors, our study
detected a significant relationship between fish stock conditions and coastal land uses.