The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has initiated an amendment to consider adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squids, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The amendment will consider potential catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks to be considered “in the fishery.” This action is needed to achieve optimum yield for, and prevent overfishing of, Atlantic chub mackerel in United States Exclusive Economic Zone.
In August 2016, the Council approved an annual landings limit and a possession limit for chub mackerel as part of the Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment. Once implemented (expected in mid-2017), these will be the first regulations on chub mackerel fisheries off the east coast. These measures are temporary and will expire three years after implementation. The Chub Mackerel Amendment aims to develop alternatives for longer-term management of chub mackerel fisheries to ensure sustainability.
Julia Beaty, (302) 526-5250, firstname.lastname@example.org
This amendment is in the early stages of development. The Council held six scoping hearings in May 2017 to gather public input on the scope of alternatives to be considered in this amendment. The Council expects to review scoping comments at the December 2017 Council Meeting.
- Chub Mackerel Amendment Action Plan, updated 3/23/2017
- Request for Proposals: Atlantic Chub Mackerel Stock Assessment, 3/7/2017
- Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management Guidance Document, August 2016