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GARFO Releases 2017 Year in Review Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 2, 2018

The Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office is proud to announce the release of our third annual Year in Review report.

In 2017, we continued to work toward our goals of sustainable use of living marine resources, conservation of the habitats upon which these resources depend, and the protection of endangered species and marine mammals.

Cover of 2017 Year in Review

In this report, we highlight some significant advances in conservation, such as finalizing the deep sea coral protection zones in the Mid-Atlantic, multiple successful projects to help fish get beyond barriers in rivers to spawn, and the designation of Atlantic sturgeon critical habitat. We helped save hundreds of sea turtles that had been trapped in the Gulf of Maine when water temperatures dropped, and we made good progress this year developing a system for storing fishery dependent data in a single database, which will greatly streamline the analysis of fish catches.

None of these accomplishments is ours alone. One of the keys to GARFO’s success is the dedication and commitment of our many partners. Indeed, one of the accomplishments of which we are most proud is our continued efforts to improve collaboration with our partner institutions. 

We hope you will enjoy reading this short summary of GARFO’s highlights for the fiscal year 2017.

The report is available as a pdf on our website.

If you would like a printed copy, please contact Allison Ferreira at allison.ferreira@noaa.gov or 978-281-9103.