New Concepts in Cooperative Fisheries Programsby Andrew J. Kemmerer, Natl Marine Fisheries Service, Pascagoula, MS, USA,
Albert C. Jones, Natl Marine Fisheries Service, Pascagoula, MS, USA,
Nikki Bane, Natl Marine Fisheries Service, Pascagoula, MS, USA,
Abstract: Coordinated through the National Marine Fisheries Service, these programs serve eight coastal states, two commonwealths, three fishery management councils, two interstate commissions, and NMFS. Under the Cooperative Fisheries Statistics Program, scientists collect fishery-dependent data for management and dissemination from a central, common data system. Similarly, the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) uses state and NMFS personnel, facilities and research vessels to collect, manage, and disseminate fishery-independent data. And the Marine Fisheries Initiative (MARFIN) provides research funding to the states, universities, industry, and NMFS for developing information to increase the economic contribution of regional fishery resources, especially for underutilized species.
Subject Headings: Fish management | Information management | Team building | Statistics | Data collection | Management methods | Coastal management | Ships
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