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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has released the 2004 update of the Strategic Plan for Fisheries Research, which outlines the agency’s research direction and priorities for the coming years, announced the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“From enhancing our scientific capabilities to improving the effectiveness of research partnerships, this plan represents the roadmap of the agency’s fisheries research efforts for the next five years,” said Bill Hogarth, director of NOAA Fisheries. “This agency is a world leader in fisheries science and our updated plan will help to continue that tradition of excellence.”
Fisheries is required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation
and Management Act of 1972to develop a plan to cover four major
areas of research; research to support fishery conservation and
management, conservation engineering research, research on the fisheries,
and information management. The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that
the plan be updated every three years.
NOAA Fisheries’ scientific program consists of fisheries research and the publication of peer-reviewed studies and analyses. Agency scientists provide this information to industry, environmental groups, resource managers and others who are dependent on fisheries science to accomplish their missions. Ensuring that this information is of the highest quality and responsive to stakeholders’ needs is a major aim of this plan.
Substantial progress has been made following the roadmap established by the Strategic Plan for Fisheries Research in 2001. Issues include:
To obtain a copy of the 2004 plan, contact Mark Chandler, Office of Science and Technology, NOAA Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway; Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225; by fax: (301) 713-1875; or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The plan is also available online: http://www.st.nmfs.gov/st2/index.html.
NOAA Fisheries is dedicated to protecting and preserving the nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries provides effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation, supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public.
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.