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Draft Northeast Regional Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Implementation Plan Open for Comment

June 20, 2018

NOAA Fisheries has posted seven Regional, Atlantic Highly Migratory Species, and Headquarters Draft Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Implementation Plans for public comment. The draft plans are available on our website for comments until September 30, 2018.

Read the Northeast Draft Plan.

The plans will guide implementation of the NOAA Fisheries EBFM Road Map over the next five years. Building on existing efforts, the Implementation Plans will help address the growing demand for information and tools to manage with an ecosystem approach. The Implementation Plans coordinate across the science and management functions of NOAA Fisheries and guide our efforts to provide ecosystem information to managers to increase resilience of fish stocks, fishing-dependent communities, and protected species.

NOAA Fisheries, with our Council partners, has already taken important steps toward implementing EBFM. Each Draft Implementation Plan briefly outlines the current EBFM approaches within the region, including how current EBFM efforts support management needs in the region. Plans include an engagement strategy that clarifies how regions will engage stakeholders and partners. The main focus of the implementation plan is to identify milestones for priority actions listed under six Guiding Principles in the EBFM Road Map:

  • Implement ecosystem level planning
  • Advance our understanding of ecosystem processes
  • Prioritize vulnerabilities and risks of ecosystems and their components
  • Explore and address trade-offs within an ecosystem
  • Incorporate ecosystem considerations into management advice
  • Maintain resilient ecosystems

We appreciate any feedback you can provide on these plans, and thank you for your support of this important effort as we work to finalize and implement the plans over the next five years. 

Submit comments on the Northeast Draft Plan via email

For more information on ecosystems, please visit the NOAA Fisheries ecosystems web page. For more information on the Northeast Draft Implementation Plan, please contact Mike Ruccio at (978) 281-9104.