OSB Fisheries Subcommittee

Statement of Purpose

The Ocean Studies Board was established by the National Research Council to advise the federal government on issues of ocean science, engineering, and policy. In addition to exercising leadership within the ocean community, the board undertakes studies at the request of federal agencies, Congress, or other sponsors, or upon its own initiative. The board explores the science, policies, and infrastructure needed to understand and protect coastal and marine environments and resources.

The Board has played a major role in fisheries science, management, and policy through a series of studies requested by Congress and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Other areas of interest to the board include coastal environments, national security, engineering and technology, global change, international cooperation, health of the discipline, ocean resources, and environmental impacts.

Operating Principles

The Ocean Studies Board and its Fisheries Subcommittee provide an open forum for those interested in fisheries science and policy to bring technical and policy concerns for discussion and possible action. A primary responsibility of the board is to initiate studies and ensure that they are carried out successfully. Individual studies are carried out by specially appointed committees under the board's oversight and within a definite time frame and budget.

The Fisheries Subcommittee typically meets once each year in conjunction with board meetings to:

1. present the results of recently completed studies related to fisheries;

2. review the progress of studies underway; and

3. discuss emerging concerns in fisheries science, management, and policy and set priorities for future activities.

Participation in the fisheries subcommittee is open to any member of the board with an interest in fishery-related topics. Agency scientists and managers, as well as local fishery experts, are invited to participate in meetings of the group.


OSB Reports on Fisheries Science and Management


Other National Research Council reports of interest

Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath River Basin: Causes of Decline and Strategies for Recovery (2004)

Scientific Evaluation of Biological Opinions on Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath River Basin: Interim Report (2002)

Upstream: Salmon and Society in the Pacific Northwest (1996)

The Bering Sea Ecosystem (1996)

Dolphins and the Tuna Industry (1992)

Decline of the Sea Turtles: Causes and Prevention (1990)

Fisheries Technologies for Developing Countries (1988)

To obtain a copy of a report, visit the National Academies Press or call them at (888) 624-8373.


Fisheries Subcommittee Members

Steven Murawski, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL

Bob Hallberg, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Bonnie McCay, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Martin Smith, Duke University, Durham, NC 

Margaret Spring, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Monterey, CA 

Participation on the Fisheries Subcommittee is informal and open to all members of the Ocean Studies Board.


Fisheries Subcommittee Staff

Susan Roberts, Board Director

Meetings of the OSB Fisheries Subcommittee are supported by the National Marine Fisheries Service.