NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2016-2020 considers NOAA Fisheries core mandates in the context of current fiscal conditions. The plan is not intended to capture everything that SERO will accomplish during the 5-year planning period. Instead, it identifies new operational and programmatic strategies that can help us to address key challenges so that we can operate smarter, accomplish our work more efficiently and, ultimately, be more effective over the long term.
The plan identifies five goals for fiscal years 2016-2020:
- Improve SERO’s organizational effectiveness by better aligning SERO budget, people, and information management resources with regional priorities and NOAA Fisheries core mandates.
- Bolster economic, ecological and community resilience by better integrating SERO protected resources, habitat, fishery and aquaculture programs to maximize the benefits of conservation and management initiatives.
- Improve management of NOAA trust resources by acquiring and applying the best available science.
- Leverage limited resources in support of organizational priorities by enhancing partnerships and communications.
- Maximize the benefits of consultation resources by focusing Endangered Species Act and Essential Fish Habitat Consultation engagement on projects with the greatest potential conservation impacts.
The plan is a living document to be reviewed annually, and updated as appropriate. It will inform the development and execution of annual operating plans and milestones. It will also be used to communicate with employees and the public about organizational strategies for achieving the agency's core mandates, as well as related challenges and opportunities.