News and Announcements


Newport Hydrographic Line Data Helps California Current IEA team Understand Ecosystem

September 16, 2021

Ocean surveys helping us understand the connections between changes in ocean climate and ecosystem structure and function in the California Current. 


NOAA Fisheries Holds Workshop to Improve Ecosystem Status Reports

August 27, 2021

NOAA Fisheries Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Working Group held a four-day workshop on applications of Ecosystem Status Reports. The virtual workshop brought together NOAA Fisheries staff from Headquarters and the Northeast, Southeast, West Coast, Alaska, and Pacific Islands regions, along with representatives of regional Fishery Management Councils. This workshop was intended to:

  • Share how ecosystem information contained within Ecosystem Status reports has been used to inform other EBFM-related management products
  • Begin regional discussions on the priority of EBFM-related products in relation to management priorities
  • Identify the types of onramps to deliver ecosystem information into the fishery management decision making process
  • Engage regional offices, fishery management councils, and other policy makers in the use of EBFM products

A report will come from this workshop in the coming months describing the outcomes and lessons learned. To learn more about Ecosystem Status Reports go here. To learn more about NOAA Fisheries EBFM Roadmap go here


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Northeast IEA Workshop to Develop 2022 State of the Ecosystem Reports This Week

August 23, 2021


The Northeast Integrated Ecosystem Assessment team kicked off the 2022 State of the Ecosystem Reports Workshop this week. This workshop is an important first step to gather data, review feedback from fishery management council members, and touch base with scientists of different disciplines.  This workshop will help scientists put together the broader picture of how the New England and Mid-Atlantic ecosystems are doing. Information included in these reports includes oceanographic, ecological, and socio-economic. The reports are meant to provide ecosystem information and synthesis to the Fisheries Managers to help them move towards Ecosystem-based fisheries management. The 2022 reports will maintain the same structure as last year including a graphic summary comparing ecosystem indicators to management objectives and potential risks to meeting those objectives. Changes will include updated data and incorporation of some feedback from the councils last year. Read more about this process here


Look for these reports in March and April of 2022. In the meantime check out this presentation on operationalizing SOEs here (minute 32-60). 


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Key West Port Water Quality Changes

August 17, 2021

The Gulf of Mexico Integrated Ecosystem Assessment team presented water quality data to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. Data presented included dissolved inorganic nitrogen, chlorophyll-a, silica, turbidity, and several others. This information was presented to the council to better understand how cruise ships impact water quality. This long term water quality monitoring dataset presented offers an opportunity to look at changes over time, including any that may come from changing use patterns in the area.

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West Hawaii IEA Work Presented at United Nations World Oceans Day

June 23, 2021

Watch Dr. Jonathon Whitney describe his and Dr. Jamie Gove's work on surface Slicks in Hawai'i. Ocean features called surface slicks are an interconnected superhighway of nursery habitat for more than 100 marine species—a hidden world just below the surface. This presentation will cover the study, published in Scientific Reports. Dr. Whitney's talk can be found on this website starting at minute 42. 

R studio

FREE weekly training on using the R scientific programming language

June 14, 2021

What: Training on Reproducible Reporting with R (R^3) for marine ecological indicator development

When: Mondays 2-3:30pm ET / 11am-12:30pm PT starting June 14, 2021

How: To receive further notifications to materials and connection details, please fill out this short form:

Goal: To train in technologies for creating marine ecosystem indicators, including automating data workflows, visualizing data over time and space, and finally communicating out with reports online and interactively.

Who: This free training series is sponsored by the US NOAA & Canada DFO Working Group on the Northwest Atlantic Regional Sea (WGNARS) and the NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) program. The training will be led by Dr. Ben Best (, environmental data scientist subcontracting with NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) program. Examples will be drawn from products being developed across the national and regional IEA programs. The target audience is for those with at least a beginner  level of experience using R and interested in marine ecology who want to advance their skills using the latest techniques with R and Github. Anyone is welcome to join so please feel free to share with your friends and colleagues. Priority for examples and discussion will be given to WGNARS and IEA participants.

Logistics: Training will be held via WebEx. Those who sign up with the form will get meeting invitations soon. Video recordings and all materials will be publicly posted online. People can join for any/all of the modules, but they will build off each other sequentially. The first hour will consist of dedicated teaching content. An additional half hour will be for questions and discussion.