NOAA 2003-017
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2/12/03
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NOAA FISHERIES RELEASES FIRST BUSINESS REPORT
New Report Highlights Key Successes and Challenges, Seeks Comment On Future Issues

The first-ever NOAA Fisheries Business Report was released today by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries). The report chronicles successes and challenges faced by NOAA Fisheries for the year 2001. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the Commerce Department.

“One of my goals since becoming Director of NOAA Fisheries has been to produce an annual Business Report for stakeholders, customers and constituents,” said Dr. Bill Hogarth, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “That goal has been met with the completion of this first ever business report. There is a lot of good data here, and this is a very readable document. Even though it’s well presented, we would like to hear from anyone who has ideas on how the report can be improved. We’ll consider that input as we work on the upcoming reports, Hogarth said.”

The 43-page report covers regional, national and international activities, and provides a discussion of ideas for modernizing the Agency. To get on a more timely annual cycle, NOAA Fisheries is developing the 2002 annual business report for release in July of 2003 and has plans to release the 2003 report in February of 2004.

The 2001 report shows current protection measures and the resulting measurable results. It discusses new tools and partnerships being used, and provides brief overviews of current fishing stocks throughout the country.

According to Hogarth, NOAA Fisheries faces many challenges. In the report Hogarth highlights his five objectives for the next five years. They include: developing better, more timely science-based information for decision making; improving stock assessments and the ways NOAA Fisheries determines yields; reducing bycatch; reducing overcapacity and overfishing; and improving tools, facilities and human capitol to effectively use funding.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement, and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine species and their habitat.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Send your comments to Jim Mccallum, Bldg. 3/Station 14251, 1315 East West Hwy., Silver Spring, Md. 20910.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA Fisheries: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov

NOAA Fisheries Business Report: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/publications/NMFS2001.PDF