Draft Climate Science Strategy: National Marine Fisheries Service

National Marine Fisheries Service

[San Francisco Examiner] The havoc being wreaked upon fisheries requires a new framework just to be kept track of, says a new federal report. But the findings and suggestions aren’t finalized; they were released in a draft opened for public comment. On Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced the release of its draft Climate Science Strategy.

NMFS is taking public comments through March 31. You can file your thoughts online or by mail to Valerie Termini, NMFS, Office of Science & Technology, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Mark the envelope “NCSS Public Comment.”

Rising sea levels, ocean acdification and warming waters are disrupting fisheries and changing the balance of marine life off the coastal United States, the draft warns. And it is going to get worse, the way things are going. The changing environment is complicating NMFS’ job of managing fisheries.

So the draft recommends a series of short- and medium-term national actions over the coming five years but it does not deal with strategies to address the problems per se; only to improve information about the situation. The national framework is designed to spur regional action.

The draft lists seven objectives…

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