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Ecosystem Approach to Management of Living Marine Resources


National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.40.B6313 Seattle, WA 98112


Name E-mail Phone
Sterling, Jeremy Todd 206.526.4033


The Alaska Fishery Science Center carries out research on marine fish, shellfish, and mammal populations in the three primary ecosystems in waters off Alaska: Artic, Bering Sea, and Gulf of Alaska. NOAA’s ecosystem approach to management (1) is adaptive, (2) is geographically specified, (3) takes account of ecosystem knowledge, (4) takes account of uncertainty, (5) considers multiple external influences, and (6) strives to balance diverse societal objectives (from NOAA Strategic Plan: In other words, an ecosystem approach to management (EAM) is regional, takes account of what we do and do not know about ecosystems, considers human and natural influences, and strives to balance diverse and sometimes competing societal objectives. NOAA also acknowledges that implementation will need to be incremental and collaborative. EAM embodies the concept often referred to as the precautionary approach. This means that societal objectives associated with utilization of marine resources are best balanced by managing the risk of adverse affects of human actions. Such management has to incorporate uncertainty in our ability to predict immediate and long-term consequences. EAM makes irreversible change in a region’s ecosystem unlikely, while allowing for the social and economic benefits associated with the exploitation to be realized. One of the keys to making EAM successful is the integration of policy, science, and management.


Fish, shellfish and fisheries; Marine mammals, fishery interactions, and subsistence harvest;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$58,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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