Ecosystem-based management

Strands of kelp sway in a blue ocean with a school of fish, possibly anchovies, in the background

Ecosystem-based management

The Fishery Ecosystem Plan helps the Council incorporate ecosystem science into its fishery management decisions. Unlike the Council’s four other fishery management plans, it is not focused on directly regulating fisheries. Instead, it focuses on “initiatives” that focus on specific ecosystem topics and how they affect managed fisheries. Recent initiatives include protection of unfished forage fish, ecosystem indicators, and the effects of climate change on fishing communities.

Kelp forest

Contacts

Kit Dahl
503-820-2422
kit.dahl@noaa.gov