Ecosystem Library

Ecosystem-Based Management

SAFMC Action Plan for Ecosystem-Based Management - Evolution of the Habitat Plan to a Fishery Ecosystem Plan

Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management - A report to Congress by the Ecosystems Principles Advisory Panel

Strategic Guidance for Implementing a Ecosystem-based Approach to Fisheries Management
A report prepared for MAFAC by the Ecosystem Approach Task Force

 The Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries - FAO Fisheries Technical Paper

Managing Our Nation's Fisheries - Conference proceedings Washington, D.C., Nov 13-15, 2003

Conservation in a Fish-Eat-Fish World - by Ken Hinman, National Coalition of Marine Conservation


Essential Fish Habitat

Essential Fish Habitat: New Marine Fish Habitat Conservation Mandate for Federal Agencies - National Marine Fisheries Service, Habitat Conservaiton Division.

An Introduction to the EFH Consultation Process for the South Atlantic Region - by Kim Diana Connolly, Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law.

Regional Council Approaches to the Identification and Protection of HAPCs - by Tanya Dobrzynski and Korie Johnson, National Marine Fisheries Service.

A review of fishing gear in the Southeast Region and their potential impacts on EFH - NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-449.


Food Web

A Preliminary Ecopath Model of the Atlantic Continental Shelf adjacent to the Southeastern United States - by Thomas A. Okey and Roger Pugliese

An Ecosystem Model of the West Florida Shelf for use in Fisheries Management and Ecological Research: Volume II. Model Construction. - edited by Thomas A. Okey and Behzad Mahmoudi

Incorporating the Ecopath Modeling Approach into United States Fisheries Management - by Roger Pugliese, Thomas A. Okey, and Myra Brouwer


Fishery Removals

Summary of Southeast Region Current Bycatch Priorities and Implementation Plan Action Items - The NMFS Southeast Regional Office's bycatch priorities and implementation plan action items for 2005 - 2006

Southeast Region Current Bycatch Priorities and Implementation Plan FY04-05

Evaluating Bycatch: A National Approach to Standardized Bycatch Monitoring Programs

Update on Implementation of the Southeast Region Bycatch Implementation Plan


Ecosystem Health

 2005 EPA Report -- Status of US Coastal and Estuarine Waters -- Chapter 4, Southeast Coastal Condition - This report provides an extensive overview of the condition of Southeastern estuaries.

The prevalence of abnormal fish: proposed indicator of environmental quality - Study in St. Lucie system, Florida by J. A. Browder et al., 2005

Soft-Bottom Benthic Assemblages and Levels of Contaminants in Sediments and Biota at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and Nearby Shelf Waters off the Coast of Georgia (2000 and 2001) -- C. Cooksey et al., 2004. NOAA Technical Memorandum, NOS NCCOS 6.


Research and Monitoring Documents

The Role of the Charleston Bump In the Life History of Southeastern U.S. Marine Fishes - by G.R. Sedberry, J.K. Loefer, J.C. McGovern, O. Pashuk and D.J. Schmidt.

Literature and Data Inventory Related to the Hatteras Middle Slope "The Point" Area off North Carolina - by S.W. Ross, E.A. Aschenbach III, and J. Ott.

A Summary of Monitoring and Tagging Work by MARMAP at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary during 2002 - by J.C. McGovern,G.R. Sedberry, H.S. Meister, and D.M. Wyanski.

Benthic Habitats of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary - by NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Team.

Data report on the Status of Some Southeast U.S. Reef Fish 1983-2004 - SCDNR, MARMAP Report, December 2004. 


Managed Species

History of Management for the FMP for Coastal Migratory Pelagics in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

History of Management for the FMP for Golden Crab in the South Atlantic Region

History of Management for the FMP for the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

History of Management for the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

History of Management for the FMP for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic

History of Management for the FMP for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic

History of Management for the FMP for Coral, Coral Reefs and Live/Hard Bottom Habitat


Deepwater Corals

A National Coral Reef Action Strategy - Report to Congress by NOAA

Oculina HAPC Restrictions

Oculina HAPC and Experimental Closed Area Boundaries

2007 Oculina Evaluation Team Report -- submitted to the Council February 2007

Oculina Experimental Closed Area Evaluation Plan

Oculina Banks: Habitat, Fish Populations, Restoration, and Enforcement - C. Koenig. Submitted to the Council in 2001

Deep-water sink holes and bioherms of South Florida and the Pourtales Terrace – Habitat and Fauna -- Reed et. al. ? 2005 Bulletin of Marine Science, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami.

Habitat and fauna of deep-water Lophelia pertusa coral reefs off the southeastern U.S.: Blake Plateau, Straits of Florida, and Gulf of Mexico. Reed et al. ? 2006 Bulletin of Marine Science, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami.

Review of distribution, habitats, and associated fauna of deep water coral reefs on the southeastern United States Continental Slope (North Carolina to Cape Canaveral, FL) -- S. Ross, 2006.  Report submitted to the Council.


Protected Species

Factseet on Humpback Whale

Factsheet on Bottlenose Dolphin

Factsheet on Seabirds

Marine Mammals and Fisheries - SAFMC pamphlet

Priority Marine Birds in the Southeast Atlantic Region - Draft plan

Characterization of ship traffic in Right whale critical habitat  2005. Ward-Geiger et al.