Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management are key to addressing the many different challenges we are currently facing, such as climate change, and balancing the needs of nature and society for a more sustainable future. Senior Scientist for Ecosystems at NOAA Fisheries, Jason Link, and Research Fishery Biologist with the Northeast IEA team, Sarah Gaichas, presented to a United Nations consultation.
NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach supports this effort. This approach facilitates the analysis of trade-offs between different stakeholder priorities, balancing social and ecological needs. It ensures that ecosystem-level measures remain stable, which could translate into better regulatory stability and business plans.