There is much at risk. In 2017, marine and coastal fisheries supported $244.1 billion in economic activity and 1.74 million jobs in the United States. Coastal habitats help defend coastal communities from storms and inundation, and provide the foundation for tourism and recreation-based economies in many coastal communities.
The NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy is part of a proactive approach to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information needed to fulfill NOAA Fisheries mandates. The Strategy identifies seven objectives which will provide decision-makers with the information they need to reduce impacts and increase resilience with changing climate and ocean conditions.
The Strategy responds to growing demands for information and tools to prepare for and respond to climate impacts on marine and coastal resources.
The Strategy is designed to be customized and implemented through Regional Action Plans that focus on building regional capacity, partners, products and services to address the seven objectives.
Implementing the Strategy is crucial to fulfilling the NOAA Fisheries mission under changing climate and ocean conditions. By increasing the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information, NOAA Fisheries and partners will help reduce impacts and increase the resilience of the nation’s valuable living marine resources and the communities that depend on them.