Habitat Conservation & Fishery Ecosystem Plan II

From deepwater canyons off the Carolinas to the shallow tropical waters surrounding the Florida Keys, marine habitats found in the South Atlantic region are as diverse as the species that inhabit them. The South Atlantic Council is at the forefront of habitat conservation and risk-averse management through adoption of a proactive approach to protect and enhance Essential Fish Habitat for all managed species under its jurisdiction, adoption of precautionary and proactive management plans and pioneering application of an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management in the South Atlantic region. Ultimately, by broadening the scope of management, the Council will achieve long-term sustainability of fisheries and of the ecosystem as a whole.

Fishery Ecosystem Plan II – Introduction