Fish, Water Column Invertebrates Restoration Strategy Released

The Open Ocean Trustees released their first strategic plan for restoring fish and water column invertebrates injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan is a result of the past collaborative work of subject matter experts with input from stakeholders provided during several public engagement opportunities.

You’ll find the strategic plan and a fact sheet at the latest Open Ocean Restoration Area news update >>

Numerous fish and invertebrate species were injured by the oil spill, so it is infeasible to plan restoration for every species injured. This strategic plan will guide effective and efficient restoration planning for these resources. The plan identifies and prioritizes:

  • Fish and water column invertebrate species for restoration
  • Threats and restoration opportunities for those species
  • Restoration objectives

Further Highlights from the Strategic Plan:

  • It incorporates input gathered during meetings and other engagements with a range of stakeholders
  • High priority species were selected using an adaptive prioritization process that can be updated over time
  • Priority species include blue marlin, spotted seatrout, mullets, menhaden, greater amberjack, red grouper, vermilion and red snapper, yellowfin tuna, and king mackerel
  • It sets priority objectives to achieve our restoration goals for priority fish and water column invertebrate species including:
    • Reducing bycatch
    • Reducing illegal, unregulated, and unreported (also known as “IUU”) fishing
    • Improving health of priority species by developing tools and techniques to reduce uncertainty in restoration and provide best practices to stakeholders and fishing communities
    • Reducing threats from marine debris
    • Reducing post-release mortality in recreational fisheries

Join Our Webinar to Learn More

We’ll be presenting the Fish and Water Column Invertebrates Strategic Plan at our upcoming April 12 webinar. Register and join to learn more and ask questions.

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