Ecosystem-based fishery management complements and builds off-of traditional single species fishery management. This approach considers social, economic, and ecological trade-offs across multiple fisheries and habitats. Our ability to make sound decisions depends on access to reliable, accurate, and actionable ecological, social, and economic information, tools, approaches, and models.
EBFM helps NOAA Fisheries meet sustainable fishery management goals under multiple mandates such as:
The Ecosystem Based Fishery Management Policy and Road Map describe how NOAA Fisheries implements ecosystem based fisheries management based on six guiding principles:
NOAA Fisheries regions and headquarter programs are developing EBFM implementation plans to implement the EBFM Roadmap and Policy. These plans complement work already underway by fishery management councils through fishery management plans and fishery ecosystem plans.
This tech memo examines the wide range of approaches and use of Fishery Ecosystem Plans and shows that each Regional Fishery Management Council has different needs and priorities for approaching Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management.
Climate variability and change may affect marine fisheries by altering ecosystem functions, fish abundance and productivity, species and fishery distributions, bycatch rates, and habitat availability. This tech memo explores the proactive management alternatives that can increase stock, species, ecosystems, and fishing business resiliency.
This interactive map contains diet data for key groundfish species throughout the North Pacific Ocean.
On March 19, scientists from the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center embark on a 105-day Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP) mission aboard the NOAA Ship Hiʻialakai to assess the status and potential changes in the...
Large local runs of sockeye salmon play a central role in Chignik community life. Photo by Greg Ruggerone, Natural Resources Consultants Inc.
Young salmon shelter and feed in nearshore habitat before venturing out to sea. Photo by...