One of the most important functions of leadership in NOAA Fisheries is to establish policy directives to determine how we manage and study living marine resources. Policy directives are statements of and instructions for implementing important, high-level internal direction and positions that guide organization decisions and actions. Establishing written policy directives promotes accountability and consistency in management and science practices, informs constituents of agency positions, and demonstrates NOAA Fisheries' commitment to implementing identified priorities. The Office of Policy facilitates drafting, review, and revision of policy directives with subject matter experts, leadership, and oftentimes external partners and stakeholders.
The Policy Directive System serves as the repository for NOAA Fisheries policy directives, allowing for their widespread dissemination. Policy directives exist in three forms: policies, procedures, and supplements:
Policy directives fall under the following subject areas. Please navigate to each subject area's page below to review the list of and links to our policy directives:
For more information on the Policy Directive System, please contact the Office of Policy.