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NOAA Fisheries GARFO Seeks Comments on Draft Strategic Plan

Protecting threatened and endangered species. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries

Managing Commercial and Recreational Fisheries. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries

Supporting and collaborating with fishing industry on innovative gear designs to reduce bycatch of protected and non target fish. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries 

Encouraging development of responsible aquaculture. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries

The Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) is responsible for the stewardship of the Nation’s living marine resources from Maine to North Carolina, and includes the Great Lakes under its authority. 

We have drafted a five‐year strategic plan that identifies objectives associated with seven primary strategic goals: sustainable fisheries; protected resources; habitat conservation; community resiliency; aquaculture; organizational excellence; and customer service.

We welcome public input on this draft plan. In particular, comments are appreciated on the key needs in our stewardship of living marine resources and approaches to meeting our stated objectives.  

Please send your comments on the Draft Strategic Plan to nmfs.gar.strategicplan@noaa.gov

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTS ON THIS PLAN IS JANUARY 15, 2015.  Thank you!

Draft Strategic Plan Executive Summary

Draft Strategy Plan

Powerpoint Presentation given to New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils

 


Participating in education and outreach events.
Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries
Conducting informal fishing industry meetings.
Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries
Promoting fish and protected species habitat conservation 
and restoration. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries