Mission and vision
EcoCast is a fisheries sustainability tool that helps fishers and managers evaluate how to allocate fishing effort to maintain target fish catch while minimizing bycatch of protected or threatened species.
The mission of our project is to bring best-available science and analyses to support the ecological sustainability and economic viability for U.S. fisheries. With decades of experience in fisheries bycatch, fisheries mapping, oceanographic and species distribution analyses, our research team is working to support the development of innovative management approaches that meet ecological and economic management objectives and mandates.
EcoCast is a consortium of scientists, managers, and members of the fishing industry. The EcoCast team is made up of scientists from several universities (San Diego State University, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Maryland, Old Dominion University, Stanford University) and NOAA Environmental Resource Division, working in direct collaboration with resource managers, fishing industry, and other stakeholders.
Funding for the project has been provided by NASA EcoForecasting and Applied Science program (NNH12ZDA001N-ECOF) with additional support from California SeaGrant, NOAA’s Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program, NOAA’s West Coast Regional Office, NOAA’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program, and Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions.