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NOAA Fisheries Releases Draft Climate Science Regional Action Plan for the South Atlantic; Request for Comments

Posted February 16, 2017

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 South Atlantic. This plan outlines a strategy and specific actions to provide information, data, and services so decision makers are better prepared to respond to climate change effects on the region’s species, including marine fish, corals, marine mammals, sea turtles, and the people who 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 Regional Action Plan include establishing a NOAA Fisheries South Atlantic Climate Science Team, expanding scientific expertise and partnerships, conducting vulnerability assessments for South Atlantic species, and drafting a South Atlantic Ecosystem Status Report.

To view the draft South Atlantic 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 March 24, 2017.  For more information or questions please contact Jennifer Schull (, 305-361-4204).


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