Endangered Species Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act.Research is focused on three areas: ecological roles and habitat;
human interactions, including by-catch mitigation; and population assessment,
including determination of Potential Biological Removal (PBR).
The Branch develops improved population and by-catch estimation techniques,
obtains information on life history and stock structure, investigates bycatch reduction
techniques, and assesses the efficacy of management actions for by-catch
reduction. The Branch provides information and advice to the NMFS Northeast
Regional office, the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils,
NMFS Headquarters, the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, the International Council
for the Exploration of the Sea, and the International Whaling Commission.
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