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Vision 2020 (v2.0): Charting a Course for the Future of U.S. Marine Fisheries.  Final Report. December 2012. Report of MAFAC to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NMFS, Silver Spring, MD. 21p.

Vision 2020 (v2.0) is a 21-page report issued by the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) that serves as an update to the committee’s original Vision 2020 report that was released in 2007. The report explores the progress of U.S. Fisheries since the initial report, and finds in general, U.S. Fisheries are moving positively toward becoming sustainable fisheries, operating at optimum yield. Annual catch limits have been instituted within all 45 federal fisheries management plans, helping NOAA Fisheries to prevent overfishing. Operating under those catch limits, the U.S. seafood industry accounted for approximately one million full- and part-time jobs and added billions of dollars to the nation’s economy in 2011.  Recreational fishing also continues to be economically powerful as recreational anglers took over 74 million marine fishing trips in 2009.  However, U.S. fisheries still face a wide variety of challenges. Vision 2020 (v2.0) divides these challenges into broad categories and discusses trends and findings for each.  At the conclusion of each section of the report, MAFAC details summary recommendations for the future direction of NOAA Fisheries’ efforts and priorities.

Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, Comments (Oct, 2011)

National Ocean Policy (NOP)

Vision 2020: The Future of U.S. Marine Fisheries. Final Report. December 2007. United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NMFS, Silver Spring, MD. 26p.

Strategic Guidance for Implementing an Ecosystem-based Approach to Fisheries Management
( Prepared for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee by the Ecosystem Approach Task Force). Busch, W.-D.N., B.L. Brown, and G.F. Mayer (Eds). May 2003. United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NMFS, Silver Spring, MD. 62p.

MAFAC’s Ecosystem Approach Task Force was created in November 2001 to identify issues that must be addressed before meaningful ecosystem-based fisheries management is feasible. This document outlines a vision of the essential elements of ecosystem-based fishery management and provides strategic advice in terms of policies, goals, and processes that will enable marine resource management groups to implement this multidisciplinary type of approach.

It was prepared to assist the various marine management and regulatory agencies in long-term planning to transition towards ecosystem-based management. The guidance statements made in this document are directed to NOAA Fisheries and their Fisheries Management Councils, States, Interstate Commissions, tribes, and other fisheries managers.