Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
The Council recently approved a final Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Guidance Document (EAFM). The EAFM approach is intended to meet existing single-species management requirements while considering broader interactions within the ecosystem. Climate variability and change was one of the Council’s four focal areas for developing the EAFM approach.
• Ecosystems homepage
• EAFM Guidance Document (2017)
• Climate science workshop (2014) and white paper (2015)
• Climate and governance workshop and report (2014)
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
The Council initiated the development of a Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) in 2015. This plan “could be used to guide policy options and associated opportunities, risks, and tradeoffs affecting FMP species and the broader Bering Sea ecosystem in a systematic manner.” The proposed FEP would be supported through initiatives consistent with the goals of the FEP. One proposed module would focus on evaluating the vulnerability of key species and fisheries to climate change.
• Bering Sea FEP homepage
• Bering Sea FEP Discussion Paper (download from NPFMC site; see Documents and Motions, FEP scoping phase 2013-2016)
• Aleutian Islands FEP (2007)
Pacific Fishery Management Council
The Council adopted a Fishery Ecosystem Plan in 2013. The Plan is supported and implemented through specific initiatives. In March 2017 the Council requested their Ecosystem Workgroup scope two initiatives for consideration, including one that would focus on the effects of near-term climate shift and long-term climate change on fish, fisheries, and fishing communities.
• Pacific Coast Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the U.S. Portion of the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem
• Ecosystem Initiatives Appendix
• March 2017 Meeting Summary and Ecosystem Workgroup Report on the Review of Fishery Ecosystem Plan Initiatives