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:

  1. Implement ecosystem-level planning
  2. Advance our understanding of ecosystem processes
  3. Prioritize vulnerabilities and risks of ecosystems and their components
  4. Explore and address trade-offs within an ecosystem
  5. Incorporate ecosystem considerations into management advice
  6. Maintain resilient ecosystems

Related Links:

What is Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management?

What are we already doing?

6 Myths of Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management 

Related Resources:

Gulf of Mexico Marine Ecosystem - Video