Part of our mission is to steward healthy and resilient coastal and marine ecosystems that provide valued resources to our nation.
Coastal and marine ecosystems involve complex interactions between organisms, their environment, and human activities. Ecosystem components interact through dynamic chemical, physical, and biological processes that influence organism populations and ecosystem sustainability.
These systems are ever changing and can be vulnerable to natural and human-induced stressors such as extreme weather, fishing pressure, pollution, and habitat loss.
We study the entire ecosystem to manage our diverse marine resources more comprehensively with regional fishery management councils and other partners. This enables us to better recognize and address changing conditions and facilitate tradeoff decisions.