The Review of the New England Fishery Management Process, requested by former Council Chairman John Pappalardo and commissioned by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service Director, Eric Schwaab, was released last April. It detailed needed improvements to New England Council operations, as well those of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regional office in Gloucester, MA and Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, MA as well as the interactions between them.
The report included a number of overarching recommendations: eliminating redundancies across the entire system that constitutes fisheries management in New England; promoting a shared sense of accountability among the three organizations; defining clear and objective criteria for determining the success of management decisions; and the development of a shared vision and strategy to guide the process.

Touchstone report

Below are the responses and recommendations in response to report authored by Preston Pate and SRA-Touchstone Consulting Group.

Executive Director, Paul Howard's memo - outreach and communications draft strawman
attachment to memo

DRAFT FMP Performance Evaluation white paper Jan 2012

NEFMC presentation - response to touchstone report

Development of ecosystem based fisheries management review
Paper - development of ecosystem based fisheries

Executive committee's draft strawman for new england fisheries vision

Letter from NMFS to NEFMC regarding management review

NMFS Presentation - response to management review

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