The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is one of eight fishery management councils responsible for the management of marine fisheries in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. The council develops management plans for twelve species of fish and species off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Last month the Northeast Fisheries Science Center released a new butterfish stock assessment which concludes that the stock is not overfished and that overfishing is not occurring. Although the status of butterfish had previously been characterized as "unknown," the assessment concluded that the population was above its biomass target for the entirety of the 23-year time series that was used.
During last week's meeting in Montauk, New York, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council adopted golden tilefish management measures for the next three years.