The project's investigators conduct cutting edge research in both the social and biophysical sciences. Researchers work with fishermen to incorporate their knowledge and opinions in the development of management options. This work results in integrated ecosystem-based management strategies, and serves as a new model for resource management.
PANGAS stands for "Pesca Artesanal del Norte del Golfo de California – Ambiente y Sociedad" (Small-scale Fisheries in the Northern Gulf of California – Environment and Society). Panga is the word in Spanish for the skiffs that coastal fishers use in the Gulf of California.