Science : The Office of Science and Technology supports
international living marine resource negotiation, organizations and
policy coordination, with an emphasis on the contributions of NMFS
science to these processes.
Directorate staff manages and supports the overall
objectives and mission of the NOAA Fisheries Office
of Science and Technology.
Some of the Office Director’s primary roles
include the following:
- NOAA Fisheries Science Board Lead
- Ecosystem Goal Team Lead
- Member of the NOAA Fisheries Executive Board
and Responsibilities of the Directorate Staff
Fisheries Science Quality
Assurance: Provides coordination of NOAA Fisheries activities
regarding the implementation of the Data Quality Act (DQA, also known
as the Information Quality Act). Specifically, S&T Directorate
staff chairs a network of DQA contacts from the Regions, Centers,
and Headquarters to ensure timely communication and consistent application
of DQA implementation policies and procedures. S&T Directorate
staff also coordinates the development of NOAA Fisheries response
to DQA requests for correction of information disseminated by NOAA
Ships and Aircraft: Coordinates NOAA Fisheries activities
to obtain ship and aircraft support.
Clients and Partners
The principal client and partner of the Office of Science and Technology
is NOAA Fisheries, its Offices and Boards, and the six Regional Offices
and Science Centers. In addition, the Office serves and coordinates with:
- NOAA and other Federal agencies,
- States, Interstate Commissions, and local agencies
that deal with the conservation and management of living
- Academic institutions,
- International scientific and management organizations,
- Fishing and related industries, and
- Environmental, conservation, and other non-governmental
organizations and public interest groups.
The Office of Science and Technology provides:
- Leadership and management for activities related to
the NOAA Fisheries Science Board.
- Coordination of scientific activities within the Agency.
- Development of quality assurance processes (e.g., national
science quality peer review protocols).
- Coordination of international scientific activities
such as scientific bilateral agreements.
- Participation in international scientific organizations.
- Monitoring of global trends in fisheries.
- Production of NOAA Fisheries scientific publications.
- Design and implementation of data collection programs
and derivation, analyses, and dissemination of subsequent
information and related products.
- The oversight role for nation-wide fisheries statistics
There are more than 100 legislative instruments under which NOAA Fisheries
operates and receives its management authority. These include the Magnuson-Stevens
Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, and
the Marine Mammal Protection Act. These statutes require that NOAA Fisheries
base its resource conservation and management decisions on sound scientific