The 16-page document Strategic Plan for 2022–2025 from  NOAA Fisheries includes goals and key strategies for the agency through 2025, with a core vision: helping the American economy grow.

NOAA fisheries has released its Strategic Plan for 2022–2025,  a document that can be downloaded by anyone interested into knowing more about NOAA Fisheries. The 16-page .pdf reveals strategic goals and key strategies and informs the public about the important work done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The goals of this plan are focused on key statutes and the priorities of this Administration, including:

  • Building a climate-ready nation, including resilient fisheries and coastal communities
  • Ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. fishing and seafood industries
  • Recovering and protecting marine species
  • Continuing to build a mission-oriented, diverse workforce and to promote equity and environmental justice

More specifically, NOAA Fisheries, is focused on:

  • Confronting climate change, expanding our science capabilities, supporting conservation initiatives, including America the Beautiful
  • Protecting and conserving our marine resources
  • Advancing equity and environmental justice

The plan defines NOAA’s role as the institution confronts the growing effects of climate change impacts on its conservation and management mission. In the opening text of the document Janet Coit Assistant Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA, notes that “As we confront these immense challenges, we will provide scientific information, tools, and capacity for resource managers and stakeholders to assess and reduce impacts, increase resilience, and help adapt to changing ocean conditions.”

The Assistant Administrator also added: “Offshore wind energy development also plays an important role in U.S. efforts to combat the climate crisis and build a clean energy economy. In support of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NOAA Fisheries will continue to play an important regulatory role. We will focus on minimizing the impacts to ocean resources, critical habitats, and fishing opportunities throughout the planning, siting, and development stages.”

Plan will serve as primary guidance

NOAA considers that its mission  ”is critical and consequential to the health and vitality of our communities. Increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. seafood industry to help make it more resilient to future market and environmental shocks. It will support domestic production and jobs and help ensure food security. We will prioritize equity and environmental justice by promoting programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, climate-related, and other cumulative impacts on disadvantaged communities.”

Between 2022 and 2025, the plan now announced will serve as primary guidance for planning, budgeting, and execution in NOAA Fisheries. Annual priorities will be developed to focus execution on these strategies. Budget formulation efforts will focus agency resource requests on the strategies outlined in this plan. An Annual Operating Plan will establish milestones used to track progress, and key performance indicators will provide evidence of success.

Jose Antunes is a freelance journalist who writes about technology, software, photography and video.

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