On December 16, 2016, NOAA Fisheries released an action plan intended to better position people in the Northeast to deal with what happens to valuable marine life as waters warm.
The action plan addresses the Northeast U.S. Shelf Ecosystem, which extends from North Carolina to Maine, and from the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay and other watersheds to the deep ocean.
The plan was developed jointly by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office with input from a number of partners and the public.
Its goal is to provide timely and relevant information on what’s changing, what’s at risk, and how to respond. That information is key to minimizing the effects of climate change on the health, welfare, and economies of communities in the region.
The plan lays out a number of priorities for tracking change, forecasting conditions, assessing risks, and evaluating strategies for managing resources under changing conditions.
Fifteen actions are identified for meeting the growing demand for information to better prepare for and respond to climate-related impacts on living marine resources and resource-dependent communities from North Carolina to Maine.
source: NOAA Fisheries