This report is a compilation of six individual sub-reports and an Executive Summary, and represents a body of MAFAC work that addresses coastal and community resilience issues and questions posed to MAFAC by NOAA and NOAA Fisheries leaders in late 2015.
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This report was prepared by the Committee for the incoming Trump Administration's transition team and Department of Commerce and NOAA leadership, to share thoughts and recommendations regarding priority initiatives for marine resources. It presents an overview of fisheries and aquaculture in the United States, summarizes some of the major challenges to healthy oceans and thriving industries, and lists opportunities for the Administration to make important progress on addressing these challenges in the next four years. It also identifies actions and opportunities that the Committee feels the Administration could undertake in its first 100 days.
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This vision document provides an overview of the current trends in NOAA Fisheries’ program areas and, based on these trends and findings, provides summary recommendations to be undertaken by the Department of Commerce and NOAA in order to achieve a desired state of fisheries and other marine resources by 2020. Recommendations address sustainable commercial and recreational fisheries and fishing communities, restoring and conserving protected species and marine habitats, and supporting aquaculture. The report also addresses enforcement, seafood safety and inspection, changing ocean conditions, and ocean governance issues.
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This letter to Secretary Ross highlights the need to substantially increase domestic aquaculture production and support for the development of an effective national aquaculture initiative at NOAA.
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This report examines the many possibilities associated with improving resilience in stocks, ecosystems, and communities by using different marine aquaculture tools and techniques.
MAFAC was asked by NOAA Fisheries Leadership to draw on member expertise and other sources to assess how the agency could improve the recovery of listed species under the Endangered Species Act. The Committee proceeded to examine recovery actions by status category (not started, ongoing, complete, etc.), and identify in this report characteristics that may increase the likelihood of recovery action success and help inform development of future recovery actions.
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MAFAC considered the process for developing ESA section 7 consultations on Magnuson-Stevens Act fishery management actions, and developed recommendations on the following: 1) how to improve early collaboration and communication among Fisheries Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries' Offices of Sustainable Fisheries and Protected Resources in development of fishery management plans; and 2) how to improve transparency of data and the scientific bases for biological opinions.
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MAFAC examined NOAA’s draft Habitat Enterprise Strategic Plan in November 2015 and provided detailed comments on the ambitious scope of the plan, its specific goals, and strategies.
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This document was prepared as an outline to assist the various marine management and regulatory agencies (with a primary focus on fishery resources and their habitats) in long-term planning to transition towards ecosystem-based management. The guidance statements made in this document are directed to NOAA Fisheries and their Fisheries Management Councils, States, Interstate Commissions, tribes, and other fisheries managers.
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This report summarizes ideas and advice collected from interviews conducted with six U.S. fishing communities involved in community resilience projects to help other communities plan and engage in fishing.
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These reports seek to identify mechanisms and tools that are currently available to fishery managers to enable more agile and adaptive fishery management actions that were effective or could be strengthened when change is occurring, to increase resilience in U.S. fisheries.
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This report suggests effective communication strategies to provide forecasts of environmental changes and impacts to key fisheries audiences, stakeholders, and communities.
This report recommends that NOAA Fisheries develop a seafood sustainability registration program. MAFAC MAFAC recommends a simple framework that offers value to the seafood industry consistent with the agency’s legal authorities and minimizes conflicts with existing third-party ecolabels. The envisioned approach would initially focus on wild-caught seafood from federally managed waters, and phase in a process for seafood derived from state-managed commercial fisheries or aquaculture products.
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This report identifies specific issue areas and recommendations for possible changes to the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) during reauthorization, as well as possible changes to NOAA fishing regulations.
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Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
Chris Oliver, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator