One facet of NOAA Fisheries' mission is to manage and regulate fish stocks and fisheries. And while the agency plays a large role in the process, the recommendations for things like catch limits or gear allowances and which stocks to rebuild—the decisions that really impact how and what people can fish—is guidance that is created by independent citizen councils, known as regional fishery management councils.
On this episode, Kelly Denit, the director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries, joins us to explore how these councils work, the important role they play in governance, and how you can and should get involved if you're impacted by these councils' decisions. In her position, she works closely with regional offices and science centers in partnership with the councils.
We also speak with some council members to get a better sense of the issues and challenges they face in different parts of the country.