To achieve our goals of sustainable fishery management and healthy, productive oceans for marine life and humankind, we need to adopt a more holistic approach to marine resource management. This means using marine ecosystem-based management and ecosystem-based fishery management to consider relationships among parts of different ecosystems and the environment, and recognizing that humans are an integral part of the ecosystem. Our ecosystem science conducts research on habitats, oceans and climate, fisheries, and even aquaculture to promote sustainable wild-caught and cultivated fisheries, and to conserve protected species in the Northeast Continental Shelf ecosystem, nationally and internationally.
Learn more at www.nefsc.noaa.gov or click on our quick links below:
Ecology of the U.S. Northeast continental shelf
Ecosystems and aquaculture
Ecosystem dynamics and assessment