NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office is located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Southeast Region covers nearly 20,000 miles of tidal coastline throughout the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. This includes the eight coastal states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas; the inland watershed states of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee; and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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What We Do
NOAA Fisheries Southeast relies on scientists and fishery managers working together to ensure sustainable fishing opportunities, protection for endangered species and marine mammals and the conservation of the habitat needed to support marine life. Our region includes the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.
We work to maintain healthy fish stocks important to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries with the goal to increase long-term economic and social benefits to our region.
We work with three regional fishery management councils (Caribbean, Gulf, and South Atlantic) to conserve and manage marine fishery resources in federal waters from North Carolina through Texas, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With our partners, we manage more than 160 species and 17 fishery management plans.
We also manage the largest recreational fisheries in the country. There are more than 5.7 million recreational anglers in the Southeast. And, about 26 percent of the Southeast harvest is caught by recreational anglers.
(Marine Mammals, Turtles, Corals and More)
We are responsible for the conservation, protection, and recovery of marine mammals and endangered and threatened species including: The endangered North Atlantic right whale with the only known calving area in Northeast Florida and Georgia.
The endangered smalltooth sawfish with the only known pupping and nursery areas in the shallow bays and estuaries of Southwest Florida.
Sea turtles for which we regulate the use of turtle excluder devices as a technological solution that dramatically reduces incidental catch and drowning of sea turtles in trawl nets.
Corals for which we work with partners to protect and restore the unique coral reef system of the Florida Keys, which is the third largest in the world and includes the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, and seven species of corals on the Endangered Species List.
We protect, restore, and create habitats vital to healthy marine life. Our region contains the largest wetland acreage and the largest coral reef track in the contiguous United States, yet it also suffers the largest annual loss of wetlands.
We work with partners to stem this loss through efforts such as the Pelican Island project in Louisiana, which restored 2.7 miles of barrier island and created or protected 640 acres of coastal and essential fish habitat.
We consult on numerous projects that have the potential to impact essential fish habitat.
Fiscal Year 2022 Accomplishments and Fiscal Year 2023 Priorities
These documents inform Southeast Regional Office (SERO) staff, partners, and stakeholders about the region’s priorities and planned accomplishments for FY23 as identified by our Annual Activity Planning Process. The priorities in this plan help guide our annual activities, performance plans, and strategic communication across the Region. The identified priorities take into account our major mission functions, fiscal support, external drivers, and identified risks and opportunities.
Southeast Regional Office Accomplishments (PDF, 1 page)
Mr. Strelcheck is the Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office. Prior to becoming the Regional Administrator, he served as the Deputy Regional Administrator for six years. Mr. Strelcheck began his career with NOAA in 2004 as a fishery biologist, and from 2008-2015 served as chief of the Limited Access Privilege Programs Data Management Branch. In this capacity, he oversaw analytical work used to support management decisions made by three regional fishery management councils.
Kim is a 16-year veteran of the agency, most recently serving as SERO's Communications Supervisor. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing communications and media relations for both the Southeast Regional Office and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. She has experience working with fishing constituents, the fishery management councils and commissions and the states from Texas through North Carolina, and the US Caribbean.
Located in what is now being called the Innovation District in St. Petersburg, Florida, NOAA Fisheries began leasing their current location in 2005. The brick building with large mirrored windows and the visible remnants of what used to be a smokestack (now an elevator) is nestled in the heart of the marine science corridor, sharing Bayboro Harbor with USF St. Pete and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In all, the three facilities host office space to more than 1,500 scientists.