NOAA Fisheries released its first-ever national Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy to guide the agency as it focuses on serving all communities more equitably and effectively. This national strategy describes the path we will take to incorporate equity and environmental justice into the vital services we provide to all communities.
Our goals under the strategy are to:
- Prioritize identification, equitable treatment, and meaningful involvement of underserved communities
- Provide equitable delivery of services
- Prioritize equity and environmental justice in our mandated and mission work with demonstrable progress
Our objectives under the strategy are to:
- Provide an empowering environment within our agency to support multiple equity and environmental justice approaches
- Incorporate equity and environmental justice in our agency policies and plans
- Achieve equity in research and researching equity
- Outreach and engage equitably
- Equitably distribute benefits
- Ensure inclusive governance
Our science, conservation, and management activities serve a diverse array of communities across the United States and Territories; however, not all communities have equal opportunities and access to agency services. Our work also impacts the economic opportunity, health, tribal treaty right and trust responsibilities, and environment of many communities—including those historically underserved.
We are committed to advancing equity and environmental justice, including equal treatment, opportunities, and environmental benefits for all people and communities, while building on continuing efforts and partnerships with underserved and underrepresented communities. We will take tangible steps to implement this new Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy and report our progress annually.
The executive summary of the Equity and Environmental Justice Strategy has been translated into several different languages.