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10 Years of Integrated Ecosystem Assessments

 On May 14-17th, 2019 in Silver Spring, MD around 100 participants including scientists, managers, stakeholders, partners, and NOAA leadership came together to celebrate 10 years of NOAA planning and implementing Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEA). Participants at the meeting discussed the progress in using NOAA’s IEA approach to Ecosystem-Based Management to address these and many other issues impacting U.S. marine ecosystems.

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NOAA IEA Session at the 2019 Coastal and Esturarine Research Federation Conference

In order to celebrate its 10 year anniversary, NOAA’s IEA program is convening a session on the use of IEAs to support the management of coastal and marine resources at the Coastal Estuarine Research Federations (CERF) 25th Biannual Conference November 3-7th, 2019 in  Mobile, Alabama. The theme of the Conference is to connect science and society with the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats, resources, and heritage. This aligns with the mission of the NOAA IEA Program to provide a sound interdisciplinary analytical and science-based framework to support effective Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) of our Nation’s marine, coastal, estuarine, and Great Lakes resources. The 2019 CERF Conference presents an opportunity to collaborate and discuss the IEA approach with more than 1,700 scientists and researchers from all over the world who are interested in connecting science and society in the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats, resources, and heritage. 

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Panama City, Florida. Photo by Jose Llamas on Unsplash

NOAA Needs your Insight on the West Florida Marine Ecosystem

NOAA wants to know what are the major factors affecting your fishery and major risks to the system. Come to the Fisheries System Modeling Workshops in Destin, Florida on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 and Panama City, Florida on Tuesday, August 6th, 2019. You will have the opportunity to provide your invaluable input and collaborate with a team of interdisciplinary NOAA scientists.

Read more about previous workshops.

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Dynamic Ocean Management

Highly migratory species like tunas, sharks, and whales are difficult to manage as they cross jurisdictional boundaries that humans impose upon the open seas. To address these challenges NOAA scientists are using the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach to explore how Dynamic Ocean Management can reduce risk to marine species while still maintaining healthy fisheries. EcoCast is a tool developed to facilitate dynamic ocean management which can predict where species will be in order to help fishermen avoid unwanted species and find desired species. There are potentially large economic benefits from dynamic ocean management as well. Less area is closed and more area is open to fishing compared with larger fixed closures. In addition, less fuel and time are needed to reach an open area meaning there will be more opportunity for fishing. Smaller closures can also be more effectively enforced at a lower cost. The work is just starting on the economics for EcoCast, but more attention to keeping high net revenue areas open will lead to more efficient dynamic ocean management. Read more about the EcoCast tool in a Washington Post article. Read more about how NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach is supporting Dynamic Ocean Management

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Red Tides in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA scientists work with fishermen to collect data on red tides in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more about how NOAA scientists are using the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach to address Red Tides in the Gulf of Mexico. Read an NBC article about how anglers are helping with this project.


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The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Adopts Groundbreaking Ecosystem Management Plan for Bering Sea

NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach facilitates ecosystem-based management and provides ecosystem science to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Due efforts of NOAA scientists using this approach and others the council has recently adopted an Ecosystem Management plan for the Bering Sea. Read more about how NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach supports these efforts. Read a Seafood news article about the councils ecosystem management plan.