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NOAA Fisheries Releases Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Road Map for Public Comment

June 17, 2024

Message from NOAA Fisheries: 

Edit 7/15/20204 - NOAA Fisheries has extended the period for public comment through August 31, 2024. 

NOAA Fisheries has just released for public comment an updated Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Road Map that will guide us as we continue to move toward managing fisheries at the ecosystem level. Full text of the document and options for submitting comments is available here. Public comments will be accepted through August 31, 2024, via e-mail to nmfs.ebfm.roadmap@noaa.gov.

The EBFM Road Map is part of our policy directive system, and is formally a "procedure" that provides guidance to NOAA staff on implementing the EBFM Policy. In other words, these are not laws and don't regulate or otherwise bind the public.

EBFM Guidelines with plain language inset from the EBFM Road Map.
EBFM Guidelines with plain language inset from the EBFM Road Map. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

The Role of IEAs in Moving Towards EBFM

NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) program outlines a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to help advance nationwide EBFM by providing the scientific support for assessing the entire ecosystem and its uses. The EBFM Road Map and EBFM Policy are meant to encompass and align multiple EBFM-related efforts, including NOAA’s IEA program, in a holistic way.