Atlantic Mackerel Rebuilding Framework with Specifications

A recent stock assessment found Atlantic mackerel to be overfished with overfishing occurring.  The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires fishery management councils to develop rebuilding plans for all overfished stocks. The Council intends to address rebuilding through a framework action to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This framework action will present alternatives with the purposes of rebuilding the mackerel stock with associated management measures (including 2019-2021 specifications), as well as setting the river herring/shad (RH/S) cap for the mackerel fishery. 

Contact: Jason Didden, (302) 526-5254,


The Council met for the first framework meeting to review an initial range of alternatives during the April 2018 Council Meeting. The Council endorsed further development of catch options that are projected to rebuild Atlantic mackerel in 3, 5, or 7 years, along with associated management measures. Depending on the timeframe, catches in future years could increase or decrease.  The Council will receive an update in June 2018 and is scheduled to take final action at the August 2018 Council meeting.