Today, we released the NOAA Fisheries Priorities and Annual Guidance for 2021. This document provides guidance to all NOAA Fisheries employees in executing our mission responsibilities. It also guides the development and execution of the agency’s Annual Operating Plan by establishing a framework for priority milestones. Our primary goal continues to be the long-term sustainability of our fisheries for the benefit of all fishermen, support industries, and the coastal communities that depend on them. Our overall strategic goals have not changed significantly from last year. However, COVID-19 significantly altered the environment related to the management of the nation’s fisheries and the protection and recovery of marine life.
In 2021, our programs, projects, and investments will be designed and conducted in a manner that supports these three strategic goals:
Amplify the economic value of commercial and recreational fisheries while ensuring their sustainability
Recover and conserve protected species while supporting responsible fishing and resource development
Improve organizational excellence and regulatory efficiency