The Southeast Regional Office and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center conserve, manage, and research a diverse and valuable array of marine resources within federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and U.S. Caribbean. Trends in coastal development, fishing pressure, and the impact of natural disturbances on fragile and degraded estuarine, wetland, coastal, and marine ecosystems, present major challenges to this region. From protecting the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale to developing new fishing technologies to reduce the incidental catch of non-target species, the efforts are supported by field offices and laboratories from North Carolina to Texas and in the U.S. Caribbean. We work closely with the South Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions. Additionally, we support numerous regional partnerships including the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, formed by the five Gulf Coast states in 2004 to promote increased collaboration in developing and maintaining healthy and resilient coastal communities.
Our scientists conduct research to conserve and restore estuaries, wetlands, coral reefs, and habitats essential to the survival of regional marine resources. They also play an important role in assessing ecosystem and fishery impacts from hurricanes and other natural hazards.
Sustainable FisheriesWe manage hundreds of fish and invertebrate species, such as mahi-mahi and shrimp. These species support over 100,000 commercial fishermen and others employed in related industries, as well as more than 7.4 million recreational anglers. We also conduct fishery stock assessments and provide scientific advice to support domestic and international fishery management, as well as develop new engineering technologies to improve operating efficiencies of commercial fishing gears.
Protected ResourcesMore than one-half of the marine mammals under NOAA Fisheries Service’s jurisdiction occur in the Southeast Region, as well as numerous threatened or endangered species, including several species of whales, sea turtles and sturgeon, the smalltooth sawfish, Johnson’s seagrass, and two important reef-building coral species. Our managers and scientists work together to provide protection as well as rehabilitation of protected resources, such as bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and others.
Habitat ConservationWe consult on thousands of coastal development projects and other activities with the potential to affect critically important marine habitat, ranging from estuarine marshes to deep-water corals.
In addition to strong regional and national efforts, the region supports important international activities such as the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. We also work with other nations to reduce incidental take of sea turtles in commercial fishing gear.
Southeast Regional Office
263 13th Avenue South
Southeast Fisheries Science Center
75 Virginia Beach Drive
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