WHAT: The Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern U.S. Continental Shelf Regional Action Plans were developed to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information required to fulfill the NOAA Fisheries plans in the regions. These plans identify priority needs and specific actions to implement the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy in the region.
WHERE: NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center supports stewardship of living marine resources across a broad and unique region spanning three large marine ecosystems: the Gulf of Mexico, Southeastern U.S. Continental Shelf, and the Caribbean Sea.
WHY: Understanding how the major climate drivers affect the distribution and abundance of marine species, their habitats and their prey is important to effective management. Climate-related factors expected to impact the region include warming ocean temperatures, sea level rise, and coastal and ocean acidification. Decision-makers need actionable information on how changing climate and ocean conditions will impact this region’s marine resources, and what can be done to reduce impacts and increase resilience.