Atlantic Mackerel Closure Provisions Framework

The Council is developing a framework action to consider modifications to the Atlantic mackerel commercial fishery closure possession limits. Under current regulations, no possession of Atlantic mackerel is allowed by federally-permitted commercial vessels once 100% of the commercial landings quota is reached. The possibility of a total mackerel closure in 2018 has raised concerns about possible effects on the herring fishery. This framework will consider management options that could allow for the continued operation of the herring fishery without resulting in an overage of the mackerel annual catch limit (ACL). Specifically, the Council is considering increasing the trip limit to 5,000 or 10,000 pounds once 100% of the commercial quota is reached.  Any overages incurred while with this reduced trip limit in place are expected be constrained within the existing 2.3 million pound management uncertainty buffer.  

Contact: Jason Didden, (302) 526-5254, jdidden@mafmc.org.

Status

The Council held the first framework meeting for this action during the April 2018 Council Meeting. The MSB Committee and Advisory Panel will meet jointly on Thursday, May 17 to develop recommendations for the Council regarding modifications to the Atlantic mackerel commercial fishery closure possession limits. Final action is expected at the June 2018 Council meeting

Meetings

Documents