This action considered adding river herrings/shads as stocks in the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fishery. At its October 2013 meeting, the Council voted to address additional conservation of river herring and shad through an interagency working group.
In December 2012 the Council initiated an omnibus amendment to consider alternative accountability measures (AMs) for the recreational Atlantic mackerel, bluefish, summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. AMs for the Council’s recreational fisheries include a pound-for-pound reduction from a subsequent year ACT when the recreational catch estimate exceeds the ACL.
Amendment 14 considered incidental catch and general management of blueback herring, alewife, American shad, and hickory shad. Specifically, the Amendment addressed monitoring of river herring and shad, bycatch of river herring and shad in the Council's managed fisheries, and the overall management framework for the species in state and federal waters. A final rule for Amendment 14 was published in February 2014.