Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Policy and Road Map
Resilient, productive ocean fisheries are critical to our economy and way of life. Managing these fisheries over the long-term means taking into account more than just one species at a time. It requires a holistic, science-based approach that looks at the entire ecosystem. This approach is known as Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management (EBFM).
NOAA Fisheries has developed an agency-wide EBFM Policy, which outlines a set of principles to guide our actions and decisions over the long-term. It directs continued progress toward development and implementation of EBFM approaches. It also ensures our commitment to incorporate EBFM into the agency’s resource management decisions.
NOAA also recently released a new EBFM Road Map to guide implementation of the EBFM Policy over the next five years. The Road Map outlines actions we can take now to further the Policy’s 6 guiding principles:
- 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