Ecosystem Status Reports

A synthesis of the status and trends of an ecosystem

Ecosystem Status Reports (ESRs) synthesize indicators to provide an overview of the status, trends, and possible future conditions of ecosystem components. The third step in NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach of assessing the ecosystem often results in Ecosystem Status Reports. ESRs are produced for resource managers and stakeholders such as Fishery Management Councils (FMCs), National Marine Sanctuaries, state governments and other marine resource management organizations. By providing system-wide context and highlighting the status and trends of indicators, ESRs are instrumental in facilitating ecosystem-based management for our regional marine resource management partners.

Ecosystem Status Reports provide managers:

  • An integrated view of socio-economic, biological, and physical aspects of the ecosystem
  • Timely and holistic update on ecosystem status and trends

ESRs are produced in all five NOAA IEA program regions.

Other reports done in partnership with NOAA IEA

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report 

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report

Future: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and Stellwagen Bay National Marine Sanctuary


Related ESRs and Condition Reports:

NOAA Fisheries Workshop on Ecosystem Status Reports

In May 2017, NOAA Fisheries held a workshop in Silver Spring to review the status of ESRs, develop plans to meet emerging requirements, and examine how to track progress in ESRs within each region. This workshop involved a pre-meeting assessment of current ESR efforts and was the first time the leads for all the ESRs across the country (the national ESR team) gathered for cross-regional collaboration and planning. This effort identified key challenges, opportunities and future efforts to advance ESRs in each region over the next five years.

Read the full report on this workshop here.