Coordinating Fishery Management and Habitat Conservationby Thomas E. Bigford, NOAA, Gloucester, United States,
Robert J. Pawlowski, NOAA, Gloucester, United States,
Abstract: The 1986 and 1990 amendments to the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act strengthened the role of regional fishery management councils (councils) and NMFS when commenting on federal and state activities that could affect managed species or their habitats. To assist the Council, the NMFS Northeast Region developed an innovative Environmental Policy whereby habitat sections of fishery management plans, special environmental workshops, general management initiatives, and research on managed species will be coordinated to develop stronger defenses for marine, estuarine, and riverine habitats. This paper presents the Environmental Policy, focuses on its intent to utilize fishery management legislation and the agency's technical expertise to affect habitat decisions, and describes specific accomplishments during nearly two years of implementation.
Subject Headings: Fish management | Federal government | Innovation | Aquatic habitats | Estuaries | Legislation
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