Protected Species ToolsNOAA Fisheries Integrated Toolbox
Common traits of many marine megafauna include slow life histories (long-lived, late-maturing, low-recruitment to adult stage), widespread distribution across political boundaries, and being poorly sampled by research surveys. Also, some species are more vulnerable to environmental perturbations and may require more innovative and interventionist approaches, such as for corals to promote recovery and prevent extinction. These factors result in data scarcities and present a challenge to established assessment methods used to manage exploited marine populations that are often data-intensive. Analytical tools that consist of simple to complex models developed on different statistical and programming platforms are increasingly useful for integrating disparate data streams and addressing species- or habitat-specific science and conservation questions. The Protected Species Toolbox comprises of such analytical products and applications tailored to policies and data uncertainties for protected species that would benefit management of protected and other highly migratory non-target species.
This site features analytical products funded through the National Protected Species Toolbox (NPST) initiative, as well as others that were independently developed by NMFS scientists and collaborators. The NMFS Office of Science and Technology NPST initiative provides critical long-term research and development (R&D) investment in applied science, which in some cases may be available for immediate management application or transitioned over time for management actions.