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NOAA seeks comment on ocean fisheries research
January 26, 2007 Columbia Basin Bulletin
NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking public comment
on its research direction and priorities for the
The agency's "Strategic Plan for Fisheries
Research," first developed in 1998, covers four
major areas of research: (1) research to support
fishery conservation and management; (2)
conservation engineering research; (3) research on
the status of fisheries; and (4) information
The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that the plan be
updated every three years.
NOAA Fisheries Service's research program consists
of peer-reviewed science that is used by industry,
environmental groups, resource managers and others
who are dependent on fisheries science to
accomplish their tasks.
One of the major goals of the draft plan is to
ensure that NOAA's Fisheries' science information
is of the highest quality.
"This plan affirms the agency's ongoing commitment
to science-based conservation and management and
will serve as a guide for carrying out our
research activities for the next five years," said
Bill Hogarth, director of NOAA Fisheries Service.
"I encourage people to review and comment on the
research priorities we present."
The draft plan outlines a number of research
objectives. Among them are monitoring trends in
the availability and degradation of fish habitat,
and improving the collection of socio-economic
data and the models used to analyze and assess the
performance of management actions.
The plan also discusses the priorities for studies
on seafood safety, research to develop
environmentally sound marine aquaculture
practices, and further implementation of the
national Fisheries Information System.
The agency also is seeking input on proposed
studies in bycatch, the unintentional catch of
protected species and marine mammals by fishers
targeting fish species managed under the
Magnuson-Stevens Act. This research improves fish
conservation and management while also making
important contributions to supporting Endangered
Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act
NOAA Fisheries Service will accept comments on the
draft through Feb. 23. A copy of the draft
strategic research plan may be obtained by
contacting the same office or online at
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