As part of President Biden’s Investing in America initiative, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced plans for$ 20 million in funding to address the effects of climate change on red snapper and other reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico. These funds will aid NOAA’s and the Gulf of Mexico state ‘ efforts to identify the most effective methods for gathering trustworthy recreational fishing data that support science and management decisions for red fish.
The largest weather expense in history, the Inflation Reduction Act, provided the cash. It will support NOAA’s efforts to share and trade standardized state and federal data, use cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence to speed up data collection, and boost state outdoor data management systems for estimating landings, discards and hunting efforts.
According to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, red snapper is one of the most well-known species in the Gulf of Mexico and may have experienced the country’s greatest managing successes. Thousands of anglers will gain from the use of these funds, which are made possible by President Biden’s Investing in America initiative, a crucial cornerstone of bidenomics. These funds will also help NOAA manage red snapper and dozens of different species.
In order to upgrade state recreational data management systems, NOAA Fisheries has awarded the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission almost$ 1.5 million. The supply of these resources is currently under way. The commission will collaborate with state and federal partners to maintain frequent data standards, develop and improve qualified state data systems, and host workshops to increase data accuracy. It will do this in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries.
The cash will be used by NOAA Fisheries in the following three ways:
- To increase reef fish data reliability and generate density estimates ($ 2 million ), develop and use Gulf of Mexico video and sound camera surveys.
- Increase accessibility to state survey data ( 7.35 million ) by working with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and state partners.
- Improve the estimates of recreational fishing effort and discards, which represent two of the biggest sources of uncertainty for managing and evaluating the$ 10.65 million Gulf of Mexico reef fish.
According to Janet Coit, associate administrator for NOAA Fisheries, several fish species are being impacted by climate change, but these effects are not completely understood. In order to give our fish populations even more reliable information and measures, we are working to improve state and federal outdoor data collection with our partners at the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission.