NOAA Fisheries partners with federal agencies and federally-recognized tribes to advise and collaborate on activities that might impact endangered and threatened species, marine mammals, and important marine habitats.
This work includes:
Consulting with federal agencies whose work might affect important fish habitats that are necessary for the spawning, breeding, feeding, and/or growth of healthy fish populations, and working to mitigate impacts.
Collaborating with federal agencies and tribes to address threats to endangered and threatened species that might result from federal programs and actions, including adverse impacts to species’ habitats.
Working with tribal governments on marine mammal issues (e.g., whales and seals).
Working with federal agencies and tribal governments on the development of fishery management plans. [is there a link we can provide to fishery management plans in Drupal that describes what they are?]
Working with federal agencies and tribal governments on hatchery activities and the development of hatchery and genetic management plans.
Working with federal agencies and tribal governments on scientific research permits. [link to Drupal page on sci research permitting]
The United States government recognizes tribal nations as "sovereign domestic dependent nations". Approximately 229 tribes are located in Alaska. The remaining are located in 33 other states.
Essential fish habitat has been described for approximately 1,000 managed species. The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires us to identify essential fish habitat and consult with other federal agencies when their actions might adversely affect EFH, so as to conserve such habitat.
Healthy habitat is necessary for fish to complete their life cycle, thus contributing to a fishery that can be harvested sustainably. The Magnuson-Stevens Act (Section 305) requires us to identify essential fish habitat for federally managed fish species. We consult with other federal agencies on conservation measures for any actions they fund or authorize that might adversely affect essential fish habitat.
Learn more about habitat consultations
Under the Endangered Species Act, federal agencies must consult with us when any project or action they take might affect an ESA-listed marine species or designated critical habitat. We assist federal agencies that are required to develop conservation programs for endangered and threatened marine species.
Learn more about ESA consultations
We consult with tribes and Alaska Native corporations about federal actions that might affect tribal governments and their members. We partner with tribal governments in the development of policies, regulations, and programs that impact ESA-listed species and essential fish habitat. We also work with tribes and regional fisheries management councils during the development of fishery conservation and management actions.
Learn more about tribal consultations
We strongly encourage federal agencies to contact us well in advance of proposed projects or actions that might affect ESA-listed marine species or designated critical habitat. We provide information, resources, and other materials to facilitate the consultation process.
The Public Consultation Tracking System is an information management system for tracking consultations for endangered and threatened marine species under the Endangered Species Act and essential fish habitat consultations under the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
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Learn how NOAA Fisheries conducts consultations with federal agencies to protect endangered and threatened species and important fish habitat.