The mission and objectives of the primary users of the ProTech-Fisheries domain are related to NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries, or NMFS) and the U.S. Fisheries that NMFS support and the important role in the nation’s economy that provide opportunities for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing, and sustainable seafood for the nation. Sustainably managed fisheries also contribute to a healthy and resilient ecosystem. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. NOAA Fisheries provides vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems.
Managing fisheries sustainably is an adaptive process that relies on sound science, innovative management approaches, effective enforcement, and meaningful partnerships. Fisheries management occurs in a dynamic environment and amid increasingly changing ocean conditions. It incorporates the entire ecosystem, including humans, into resource management decisions, giving our oceans the greatest chance to adapt and thrive. To this end, NOAA Fisheries invests in basic data gathering using cost-effective applications of “nextgen” technologies that provide near real-time, high-quality data to inform management and help maintain healthy populations of fish, protected species, and their habitat.
In turn, NOAA Fisheries works in partnership with Fishery Management Councils and many international fisheries councils, commissions and conventions to balance public interests in the sustainable use of living marine resources without compromising the long-term biological integrity of coastal and marine ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries also plays a supportive and advisory role in managing marine resources in coastal areas under state jurisdiction provides scientific and policy leadership in the international arena, and implements international conservation and management measures as appropriate.
Much of the work done by NOAA Fisheries is mandated by U.S. legislative acts, such as Magnuson – Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization; Marine Mammal Protection; Endangered Species; International Dolphin Conservation Protection; Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention; National Environmental Policy; Clean Water; Oil Pollution; and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for the ProTech-Fisheries domain contract is 541990-All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services.