Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Committee Overview

The Council is exploring Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM), a new approach that involves all species and fisheries in a specific area, recognizes the energetic limits of the system, takes into account the trophic relationships among species, allows for greater adaptability to variability and change, and addresses multifaceted goals and objectives. As a first step, the Council is developing an example Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Georges Bank that will be used to solicit and focus public input. The example could lead to the development of a new fishery ecosystem plan or contribute to a set of ecosystem policies and initiatives that would apply across multiple fishery management plans.

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