Global Warming Warps Mgt. Lens
by Laurie Schreiber
PORTLAND—As the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) works to keep up with shifting species in the face of climate change, it expressed support at its June meeting for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) draft Northeast Climate Science Action Plan.
The plan will implement the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) climate science strategy, which represents a national framework to meet the growing demand for information to better prepare for and respond to climate-related impacts on the nation’s marine resources and resource-dependent communities, according to information from NEFMC.
In a draft letter to NOAA, NEFMC wrote, “We are anxious to incorporate new and better science that recognizes the influence of dynamic trophic relationships and climate effects on the productivity and distribution of fish stocks that we manage. We also stand ready to develop new and better management processes that are more flexible and robust to variation and trends.”
NEFMC is already developing a prototype ecosystem approach to fish and fishery management. NEFMC also processes scientific data for its management plans, allowing plans to adjust for scientific uncertainty and other factors, including changing environmental conditions and productivity of stocks.