The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling on the public to comment on a series of draft “Climate Science Regional Action Plans” meant to help maintain the USA’s living marine resources.
The plans cover the period of 2022 to 2024, according to a recent notice in the Federal Register:
“The goal of the draft Climate Science Regional Action Plans is to continue to increase the production, delivery and use of climate-related information needed for fisheries management and protected species conservation in each region. Each draft Climate Science Regional Action Plan identifies specific actions to implement the seven objectives of the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy. The actions address key needs in each region based on input from [National Marine Fisheries Service] scientists, resource managers, stakeholders and other sources. The draft Climate Science Regional Action Plans include actions to provide decision makers with better information on what’s changing, what’s at risk and how different management strategies may perform under changing climate and ocean conditions.”
Consequently, the notice continues:
“We are soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties, and will consider all substantive comments received during the review period before publishing final Plans. Comments are invited on: (a) The clarity of the goals and activities in the draft Plans, (b) how to strengthen the draft Plans and activities; (c) what additional goals and activities need to be addressed.”
Comments on the draft plans are due by June 2, 2022, according to the notice.
Read the full notice here.