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Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3

May 7-9, 2013

Washington, D.C. 

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With some of the largest and most successful fisheries in the world, the United States is a model of responsible fisheries management. Our success is due to strong partnerships among the commercial and recreational fishing, conservation, and science and management communities. Continued collaboration is necessary to address the ongoing challenge of maintaining productive and sustainable fisheries in a changing world.

Twice before in our history, we have pulled together fishery leaders and stakeholders from around the country to discuss U.S. fisheries management and chart a course for the future. It’s time to do that again. Please join us May 7-9, 2013, at Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3—co-sponsored by the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries—to discuss the challenges facing our nation’s fisheries. Conference sessions will focus on a number of topics related to fisheries management, ecosystems, and communities. 
Mark your calendars for this important event and stay tuned for more information. Over the next five months, NOAA Fisheries will be posting additional features and information relevant to the Managing Our Nation's 3 conference, so please check back here for news and updates.


Feature Stories


Stock Assessment 101: Part 1—Data Required for Assessing U.S. Fish Stocks

Why do we conduct fish stock assessments? NOAA Fisheries’ scientific stock assessments are key to fisheries management. They examine the effects of fishing and other factors to describe the past and current status of a fish stock, answer questions about the size of a fish stock, and make predictions about how a fish stock will respond to current and future management measures (
Marine Fisheries Stock Assessment Improvement Plan). Fish stock assessments support sustainable fisheries by providing fisheries managers with the information necessary to make sound decisions. Read more...


Stock Assessment 101: Part 2—A Closer Look at Stock Assessment Models

Three primary types of data used in fish stock assessments—
catch, abundance, and biology data. These three types of data feed into mathematical models that represent the factors causing changes in harvested fish stocks. The models produce estimates of the fishery management factors needed for managers to make informed decisions about how to best regulate a fishery. When possible, stock assessment models include information on ecosystem and environmental effects to improve the interpretation of historical information and the precision of forecasts. Read more...


U.S. Fisheries Reach Another Milestone as Last Annual Catch Limit is Put in Place

On June 29, 2012, a significant milestone was achieved when NOAA Fisheries approved the last Fishery Management Plan amendment putting annual catch limits and accountability measures into place. This milestone completes a journey that began in January 2007, when President George W. Bush signed the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act into law. The law required that all federal fisheries be harvested under annual catch limits with accompanying accountability measures to prevent and end overfishing in the United States. Read more...