Ecosystem-based Fishery Management for the New England Fishery Management Council
National and international legislation provide impetus for implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) in the northeast region of the United States. EBFM provides a coherent means to reconcile conflicts among fisheries as well as ultimately simplifying the management system. Three approaches are considered. The challenges and opportunities afforded by EBFM are discussed as well as potential institutional changes and the next steps of implementation.