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NMFS and ASMFC Research Priorities

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) have factored in specific management and science needs to develop the below list of priorities. These are broken down into Tier 1 (highest priority) and Tier 2 (i.e., intended to better inform less understood potential threats)

Tier I

Tier 2

These research needs are intended as a resource for NMFS and ASMFC, as well as our partners, including state agencies, fishery management organizations, non-profit organizations, scientists, academic institutions, and the fishing industry. These needs and priorities may assist our partners in the development of proposal ideas when funding opportunities arise.  We will continue to work to increase outreach on the topic both internally and externally to help leverage funds and increase awareness of priority needs.