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NOAA Fisheries Releases Draft Climate Science Regional Action Plan for the Gulf of Mexico; Request for Comments

August 17, 2016

As part of its efforts to increase and improve the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information, NOAA Fisheries released a draft Regional Action Plan for the Gulf of Mexico. This plan outlines a strategy and specific actions for increasing understanding of, preparing for, and responding to climate change effects on the region's species, including marine fish, corals, marine mammals, and sea turtles, and the people that depend on them.

 Each of NOAA Fisheries regional science centers developed a regional climate science Regional Action Plan to complement the agency's Climate Science Strategy.  Highlights of the new Gulf of Mexico plan include establishing a NOAA Fisheries Gulf of Mexico Climate Team, expanding scientific expertise and partnerships, conducting climate vulnerability assessments for Gulf of Mexico species, and planning for regular updates of the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Status Report.

To view the draft Gulf of Mexico Regional Action Plan and the agency’s Climate Science Strategy, please visit the Southeast Fisheries Science Center website at

Written comments on the plan may be submitted via email to by September 18, 2016.


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