The Ecosystems Goal Team (EGT)

EGT's Mission

The EGT's mission is to protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an EAM. The EGT envisions that by 2015 NOAA will deliver more than the sum of its individual Program goals and mission outcomes.

EGT's Vision

EGT envisions one NOAA to:

  • more effectively meet its ever broadening management and stewardship objectives by engaging more diverse sets of partners and stakeholders, with programs integrated across NOAA's Line Offices
  • combine science and outreach products in ways that allow more efficient delivery and imaginative analysis and forecasting
  • deliver new products that evaluate the states and pressures on regional ecosystems as well as the constituent parts
  • provide greater interagency leadership for addressing future challenges to: (1) improve the management of trust resources, (2) increase the resiliency of coastal communities and economies to natural and human-induced change, (3) predict, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of global change on coastal and ocean ecosystems, and to (4) better enable the public to understand and support restoration & protection of oceans and coasts

The EGT will do this through:

Integration & Outreach: Engage and collaborate with federal, regional, state, and local partners to achieve regional objectives through coordinated approaches.

Observe & Characterize: Develop and monitor a suite of ecological and socioeconomic ecosystem indicators through collaboration with partners.

Research & Modeling: Coordinate and integrate a comprehensive ecosystem model to improve the scientific basis for ecosystem management decisions.

Management & Stewardship: Develop a holistic approach to management to protect, restore, and sustain healthy and productive use of regional ecosystems.

EGT's Goals

The EGT has specific performance objectives that span across their nine programs. These include:

  • Increase the number of fish stocks managed at sustainable levels
  • Increase the number if protected species with stable or increasing populations
  • Improve ecosystem health through conservation & restoration of habitat
  • Increase environmentally sound aquaculture production
  • Advance understanding & characterization of coastal, ocean, & Great Lakes ecosystem health & associated socioeconomic benefits, & develop forecasting capabilities to meet management needs
  • Provide tools, technologies, & information services that are effectively used by NOAA partners & customers to improve ecosystem based management
  • Improve public understanding & stewardship so that ecosystems & sustainable development principles are incorporated into planning, & use of coastal & ocean resources

By meeting their goals, the EGT strives to achieve the long-term outcomes that include healthy and productive coastal and ocean ecosystems that benefit society, as well as a well-informed public that acts as a steward of coastal and ocean ecosystems.

Ecosystem Programs

Aquaculture Coastal Marine Resources Enforcement
Fisheries Management Protected Species Ecosystem Observations
Coral Reef Conservation Habitat Ecosystem Research