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Comments Requested: Draft Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Roadmap Update

June 18, 2024

FB24-043: Southeast Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: nmfs.ebfm.roadmap@noaa.gov

Key Message:

NOAA Fisheries has released for public comment an updated ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) Road Map. The proposed Road Map revisions aim to clarify links between EBFM and other initiatives, including climate ready fisheries, and improve connections between science and management.  It also better integrates habitat, protected resources, and social-economic sciences.


Comments are due by August 31, 2024 by e-mail to nmfs.ebfm.roadmap@noaa.gov



We first introduced the EBFM Road Map in 2016 and it is subject to periodic review.  Our progress advancing EBFM since 2016 has necessitated this update.  For example, since 2016, we have:

  • Developed ecosystem status reports or state of the ecosystem reports for most regions
  • Completed climate vulnerability assessments in all regions
  • Improved or added new fishery ecosystem plans for most regions
  • Completed climate scenario planning for multiple protected resources and at multiple councils
  • Developed and advanced the use of ecosystem models, risk assessments, and risk tables to inform management
  • Increased discussion and consideration of ecosystem and climate issues within management decisions


For additional information, visit the NOAA Fisheries Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Road Map Update webpage at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/ecosystem-based-fisheries-management-road-map-update?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.


How To Comment On The Roadmap:

The comment period is open now through August 31, 2024.  You may submit comments via e-mail to nmfs.ebfm.roadmap@noaa.gov. 

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Quick Glance Contact List for the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office

Permits Mailbox: The Permits Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, now has a Permits mailbox in the front lobby (263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701). You can now drop off original permits for permit transfers.  Envelopes with information labels will be provided so that your documents can be attached to the correct application.  The mailbox will be checked daily.  For more information, contact the Permits Office at 877-376-4877.

Media Contact: Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 

Recreational Fishing Coordinator: Sean Meehan, 727-385-5202 

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on July 02, 2024