River Herring and Shad Management (Am 15)

Amendment 15 to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP


Amendment 15 considered whether the existing management framework for river herring and shad was sufficient for conservation and management of these species and whether Federal management under the MSA would address any deficiencies and/or inefficiencies. 

At its October 2013 meeting, the Council voted to address additional conservation of river herring and shad through an interagency working group.

The Council will review the progress of the working group on a regular basis, with the first review occurring at the June 2014 Council meeting. In three years, the Council will conduct a formal evaluation of the effectiveness of the approved working group approach and determine if it is appropriate, or if a different strategy is required to protect river herring and shad. 

The Council has also initiated a framework intended to improve precision and increase accountability in the river herring and shad cap for the mackerel fishery. A decision on this framework is expected at the February 2014 Council meeting.

Note: For the purposes of this work, river herrings include alewife and blueback herring and shads include American and hickory shad.

Public Comments

October 2013 Meeting

Scoping Comments