The Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team works to support the effective management and recovery of Chesapeake Bay species using ecosystem-based science to inform fishery management decisions that cross state boundaries.
Scope and Purpose
The Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT) is composed of state fisheries managers from around the Bay and chaired by the director of the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. The Sustainable Fisheries GIT draws together a diverse group of managers and scientists to coordinate and facilitate improved management of blue crab and recovery of oysters, while promoting considerations of fish habitat and forage for key managed species like menhaden, striped bass and alosines. The GIT focuses on advancing ecosystem-based fisheries management by using science to make informed fishery management decisions that cross state boundaries.
Through this approach, the Sustainable Fisheries GIT plays a role in sustainable management and policy decisions for Chesapeake Bay fish populations, which support valuable recreational and commercial fisheries, and provide for natural ecosystem function.
Institutions represented on the Sustainable Fisheries GIT include state management agencies, federal agencies, non-profits and academic institutions. Core members form an Executive Committee that meet once per month. The full GIT membership meets in-person twice per year, typically June and December.