Summer is a great time to think beyond our overfishing work and learn about innovative initiatives in other parts of the marine world. Here are a few updates from colleagues in the state, regional, federal and even presidential realm:
1. North Carolina launches online angler catch log. Earlier this month, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries launched an Internet-based electronic reporting system where anglers can log saltwater catches to help state fisheries managers with recreational fishing surveys. This is a great way for fishermen to contribute to conservation and management. For more information, visit the NC DMF website and click under Hot Topics.
2. Scientists, managers develop fishery independent monitoring program. Recognizing the need for increased data, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council convened a workshop last November to begin design of a multi-species, fishery independent survey program within the South Atlantic snapper grouper complex. Importantly, fishermen and other stakeholders took part in the workshop, the results of which can be viewed in the attached final report.
3. NOAA wants your input on its strategic plan. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been developing its Next Generation Strategic Plan, including its mission statement, vision of the future, long-term goals and five-year objectives. This is a great opportunity to weigh in on the future of how the U.S. manages its ocean resources-click here to provide feedback.
4. Obama administration announces first National Ocean Policy. Last week the president signed an historic Executive Order that establishes a plan for conservation and sustainable use of U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. The policy emphasizes ecosystem-based management and is an important step for the long-term health of our nation’s oceans and fish, as well as communities that depend on them. Please click here for more information.
Please pass on other news of note that you think others should hear about in an upcoming newsletter. Until then, I hope you’re getting lots of time in and on the water this summer!
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