State of the Ecosystem Reports
The annual State of the Ecosystem reports provide the current status of the Northeast Shelf marine ecosystems (Georges Bank, Gulf of Maine, and the Mid-Atlantic Bight). They are developed for the New England and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Councils. These annual and collaboratively produced reports inform the councils about social, ecological, and economic aspects of the ecosystem from fishing engagement to oceanographic and climate conditions.
The Northeast U.S. Shelf is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. We are observing changes in climate, nearshore, and ocean processes, as well as human uses. These changes are affecting ecosystem productivity, fishing communities, and regional economies. The 2020 reports highlight these changes and are intended to inform fishery managers of changing ecosystem conditions. This will enable them to sustain seafood production, recreational opportunities, and the other benefits that fisheries provide.