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Ecosystem Goal Team Introduction and Overview. Presented by Kent H. Hughes. Goal Team / Program Areas. Ecosystem Goal Objectives - Protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources though an ecosystem approach to management. Program Areas: Aquaculture

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goal team program areas
Goal Team / Program Areas
  • Ecosystem Goal Objectives - Protect, restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources though an ecosystem approach to management.
  • Program Areas:
    • Aquaculture
    • Coastal & Marine resources
    • Coral Reef Conservation
    • Ecosystem Observations
    • Ecosystem Research
    • Enforcement
    • Fisheries Management
    • Habitat
    • Protected Species
outline of theme presentations
Outline of Theme Presentations
  • Aquaculture (AQC):Foster and manage environmentally responsible and sustainable marine aquaculture for food production and stock enhancement. Michael Rubino
  • Coastal & Marine Resources (CMRP): Protects, restores, and manages coastal and marine habitats in U.S. coastal states and territories, maintains or improves the quality of these ecosystems and the resources that depend on them, manages coastal land uses, reduces the vulnerability of lives and property to coastal hazards, and educates the public on actions and decisions that impact coastal and ocean resources. Included programs are the Coastal Zone Management Program, National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP), Marine Protected Area Center (MPA), Coastal Services Center, Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) and the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). Tim Goodspeed
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Outline of Theme Presentations
  • Coral Reef Conservation (CRCP):Supports the effective management and sound science to preserve, sustain, and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems. Kacky Andrews
  • Ecosystems Observations (EOP): Provide trusted scientific information to foster healthy marine ecosystems for current and future generations. Capabilities include: Fisheries Monitoring and Assessment; Protected Species Monitoring and Assessment; Ecosystems Monitoring, Assessments and Forecasting; Economic and Sociocultural Monitoring and Assessments; and Data Management, Technology Transfer, Education, and Outreach. Ned Cyr
  • Ecosystems Research (ERP): Conducts applied research and development to provide scientific information, tools, and forecasts for implementing and evaluating ecosystems management. Leon Cammen
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Outline of Theme Presentations
  • Enforcement (ENF):Federal law enforcement agency charged with gaining compliance with federal marine conservation management laws and regulations that protect our nation’s living marine resources. Dale Jones
  • Fisheries Management (FMP):Charged with maintaining fisheries at levels that will support sustainable fisheries, their related ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. Galen Tromble
  • Habitat (HAB):Protects, restores and promotes stewardship of coastal and marine habitats that are essential to the nation’s marine life. Pat Montanio
  • Protected Species (PSP): Stop the decline of protected spp. Populations to reduce the risk of extinction. Achieved through planning, regulation, partnerships, direct action, and outreach and education. Phil Williams
goal team funding levels
GOAL Team Funding Levels

1 from 2012 – 2016 Goal Team Program Plans

future directions
Future Directions
  • Session Presentations:
    • Ocean Color Remote Sensing for Coastal Regions (Wang, SOCD)
    • In situ Ocean Color Measurements in Chesapeake Bay for Satellite Cal/Val (Ondrusek, SOCD)
    • Coral Reef Products in Support of Worldwide Management of Marine Resources (Eakin, SOCD)
    • The Marine Optical BuoY (MOBY) - Support for Ocean Color Vicarious Calibration (Wang, SOCD)
    • Developing a Harmful Algal Bloom Prediction System for Chesapeake Bay (Brown, CORP)
    • Plankton Phenology (Vargus, CORP)
star theme activity slides
STAR Theme Activity Slides
  • Alignment with NOAA Research Plan, NOAA Strategic Plan, and NESDIS Strategic Plan


possible areas for socd egt engagement
Possible Areas for SOCD - EGT Engagement
  • Sustainable Fisheries:
    • IEA, Invasive spp., Derelict fishing gear, Biodiversity change and human activities.
  • Adaptation of Ecosystems & Communities:
    • Characterize change in ocean chemistry, Vulnerability of NOAA managed resources.
    • Integrate ecosystems and geospatial monitoring to develop better management practices.
  • Coastal & Marine Spatial Planning:
    • Integrated ocean and coastal planning, IOOS, Visualization, National Marine Sanctuaries, Coastal Zone Management.
  • Coastal Resilience
  • Arctic:
    • High arctic ecosystem science and community engagement, Stock assessment, Loss of sea ice
  • Improved Infrastructure
major star activities
Major STAR Activities
  • Summary of Identified Major Activity
    • Highlight interdisciplinary efforts
    • Highlight integration (internal and external)
    • Highlight Research to Operations/Applications


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Future Directions
  • Organizing foci for future work