Disaster Response Services

NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office offers services in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean to help protect and recover living marine resources, their habitats, and affected fishing communities from the impacts of disaster events and related response activities.

  • Emergency environmental compliance reviews for protected species and essential fish habitat.
    • Conduct emergency consultations to mitigate impacts of response activities on threatened and endangered species, critical habitat and essential fish habitat.
    • Provide technical advice, including Best Management Practices and other guidance, for minimizing adverse effects to trust resources during emergency response.
  • Fishery closures and other temporary rules to protect public health and NOAA Fisheries trust resources.

    • Close fisheries if needed to protect public health.
    • Authorize turtle excluder device exemptions if debris or other environmental conditions are impeding conservation benefits of TEDs.
    • Provide select fisheries paper-based recordkeeping and reporting allowances
  • Fishery disaster assistance evaluations.

    • Support state agencies requesting fishery disaster declarations, evaluate requests, and assist in distributing any funds appropriated by Congress.
  • Marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response coordination.

    • Oversee, coordinate, and authorize stranding network responses to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings.
    • Investigate cause of strandings and, when appropriate, respond with emergency rulemaking if fishery-related.
  • Incident Command Post (ICP) staffing and assistance.

    • Staff Incident Command Posts, as needed, to provide local expertise and technical assistance and guidance and/or to support field activities including wildlife response and Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique operations.

Contact: Email: nmfs.ser.emergency.consult@noaa.gov, 727-824-5301

Southeast Region Disaster Response One-Page Overview (PDF, 1page) Download File

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on August 18, 2020