NOAA Ecosystem-Based Management Seminar Series

NOAA strives to adopt an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach in the stewardship of trust resources. The incorporation of EBM also is a foundation of the National Ocean Policy (NOP).  Improving the understanding of EBM and sharing examples of where it’s already being used will help all federal agencies expand their effective use of EBM approaches. The NOAA EBM Seminar Series will advance this goal by bringing in experts and practitioners to share their experience and recommendations for successful EBM implementation.


Thursday, October 22, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM

Andrea Dell'Apa, Marine Habitat Resource Specialist at NOAA Fisheries

Title: Status of Marine & Coastal Ecosystem-based Management among the Network of U.S. Federal Programs

Presentation PDF: Dell_Apa EBM Seminar_October_22_2015.pdf

Abstract: Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is an integrated management approach that considers the entire ecosystem, including humans, across multiple sectors, with the goal to collectively manage natural resources, habitat, and species in a sustainable manner while maintaining ecosystem services to humans on the long-term. In the United States, the National Ocean Council (NOC) established a federal interagency subgroup (National Ocean Policy EBM-Subgroup) to provide policy advice on EBM strategies and technical representation from the federal agencies that are part of the NOC. As part of the NOP EBM-Subgroup effort, this study summarizes the status of EBM for several federal programs within the NOC agencies that implement or support marine and coastal EBM activities. Our objective was to provide an overview of the current state of practice among the many and varied U.S. federal programs employing EBM approaches in the ocean, coastal zone, and the Great Lakes. We used social network analysis techniques to explore similarities among programs in different topic areas (e.g., type of audience, partners, training, EBM best management practices and principles). Results highlight substantial differences in perceived and effective performances across programs, with Management programs showing a higher level of integration of EBM approaches than Non-Management programs. The use of EBM best management practices and principles among programs is unbalanced, with some key elements of EBM strategies less commonly employed in the management planning. This analysis identified gaps in the implementation of EBM strategies that can inform natural resource managers and planners. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 3:15-4:30 PM

Jason Link, PhD, Senior Scientist for Ecosystem Management at NOAA Fisheries 
Advancing Ecosystem-Based Management: Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management  Policy and Roadmap
Presentation Slides available: Here

Abstract:  NOAA has adopted ecosystem-based management (EBM) as the approach for meeting the agency’s mandates to sustainably manage the nation’s marine resources. Ecosystem-based management is an integrated approach that incorporates the entire ecosystem, including humans, into resource management decisions across all ocean-use sectors.  EBM accounts for a changing marine climate and is guided by an adaptive management approach. EBM is informed by science to ensure resilience in marine ecosystems and in the goods and services they provide. NOAA Fisheries is advancing EBM for the fisheries sector through development of an Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) Policy Statement and associated Roadmap. This presentation will provide an overview and update of the draft EBFM Policy Statement and Roadmap, how they relate to other efforts, and discuss how we’ll know when we’re doing EBFM.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4:00-5:00 PM 

Presentation Recording Available at NOAA Library Website

Andrew Rosenberg, PhD, Director, Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists

The Past, Present and Future of Federal Ecosystem-based Management

Abstract: The current and future environmental challenges facing ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems require a broad management approach that considers cumulative impacts on marine environments; an approach that works across sectors to manage species and habitats, economic activities, conflicting uses, and the sustainability of resources. We call this approach ecosystem-based management (EBM). This presentation will introduce the concept of EBM, look at current EBM efforts, and give recommendations on how to expand and improve the use of EBM in the future. Specific attention will be given to the report and recommendations from the Ocean Research Advisory Panel on Implementing Ecosystem-Based Management, and recommendations for federal agencies to advance the integration of EBM their management activities.