Chub Mackerel Amendment

Photo Credit: Alessandro Duci

Photo Credit: Alessandro Duci


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is developing an amendment to consider adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squids, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The amendment considers potential catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks “in the fishery.”

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. Implemented September 27, 2017, these are the first regulations on chub mackerel fisheries off the east coast. These measures are temporary and will expire after December 31, 2020. The Chub Mackerel Amendment aims to develop alternatives for longer-term management of chub mackerel fisheries to ensure sustainability. 


Julia Beaty, (302) 526-5250,

Action Status

Updates are listed in reverse chronoloical order. 

December 2018/January 2019: The Council will hold five public hearings to collect public input on the draft Chub Mackerel Amendment. Written comments will be accepted through January 18, 2019. Click here for more information.

October 2018: The Council approved a range of management alternatives for inclusion in the amendment.

July 2018: The Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee approved an Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) level for upcoming years. Click here for more information.

January 2018: The Council released a Request for Proposals for a study to assess the importance of Atlantic chub mackerel to the diets of recreationally-important highly migratory species. 

December 2017: The Council reviewed a summary of scoping comments, recent fishery information, a summary of a webinar on the importance of chub mackerel in the diets of recreationally-important highly migratory species, data needs regarding chub mackerel management, and a timeline for completion of the chub mackerel amendment.

May 2017: The Council held six public scoping hearings.

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