We work cooperatively with the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to develop, review, and implement fishery management plans in federal waters (from 3 to 200 nautical miles). Our research and research surveys provide the necessary information needed to evaluate the overall health of more than 50 fisheries with 14 ... Part of the History of NOAA Fisheries in the Northeast. Contributed by Steven A. Murawski, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (mid-1990s) Summary. Groundfishing, the catching of fishes that swim in close proximity to the bottom, was the first colonial industry in America.