NOAA Fisheries has recently begun efforts to collect and provide information on the effects of COVID-19 on U.S. fisheries, and assess immediate and long-term needs as a result of the impacts of the virus. For more information please visit NOAA Fisheries Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update. Stakeholders interested in sharing information on the effects of COVID-19 can submit that information to NMFS.COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The three Interstate Marine Fishery Commissions are critical to managing and conserving our shared coastal fisheries within the first three miles of the nation’s coastline. The Commissions were formed as interstate compacts by the coastal states of the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico and chartered by the United States Congress in recognition that “fish do not adhere to political boundaries.” The Commissions serve as a deliberative body, coordinating the conservation and management of the states shared near-shore fishery resources – marine, shell, and anadromous – for sustainable use.