Seafood Production

Northeast management objective

Optimize food provision

Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (MSA), recreational and commercial fisheries provide a critical and renewable resource that contributes to the food supply of the United States. As such, seafood production is an important management consideration under any Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) framework, with the goal of optimizing food provision playing a role in all steps to successful implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management (i.e. the IEA approach). Optimizing seafood production is an objective that is directly and indirectly related to many other social and economic objectives, including but not limited to revenue, recreation, cultural and spiritual services, and all ecosystem considerations (e.g. biomass and trophic structure).

To understand the ecosystem component seafood production, see seafood production ecosystem component.

Steamed blue crabs are a staple seafood in the Mid-Atlantic. Credit: NOAA
Steamed blue crabs are a staple seafood in the Mid-Atlantic. Credit: Mary Hollinger, NOAA/NESDIS/NODC