Chub Mackerel Amendment

Photo Credit: Alessandro Duci

Photo Credit: Alessandro Duci


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,

Action Status

Six public scoping hearings were held in May 2017. The Council received 10,523 scoping comments, 55 of which were unique comments (as opposed to signatures on form letters). A summary of these comments, scoping hearing transcripts, and all written comments are available here. Hearing transcripts and individual comments are available here.

It is anticipated that the Council will discuss scoping comments; Fishery Management Action Team (FMAT), Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and Advisory Panel (AP) recommendations; and an initial range of alternatives at the December 2017 meeting.

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