FATE (Fisheries And The Environment) is a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) program that supports NOAA's mission to ensure the sustainable use of U.S. fishery resources. FATE's focus is on the development, evaluation, and distribution of leading indicators.


FATE's mission is to provide the information necessary to effectively adapt management to mitigate the impacts of major shifts in the productivity of living marine resources.


The FATE program improves assessments across the U.S. through the following activities:

  1. Development of leading indicators.
  2. Incorporation of indicators in stock assessments.
  3. Construction of next generation forecasting models.
The FATE program provides leading indicators from local to ocean basin scales. FATE supports research on the relationships between growth, distribution, and reproductive success of managed species.


FATE announces opportunities for competitive research on an annual basis. FATE encourages collaborative proposals between fisheries oceanographers and scientists responsible for assessments. Investigators and full-time employees are required to meet on an annual basis to share research findings.