Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment

Round Herring (Source: NEFSC)

Round Herring (Source: NEFSC)

The Council initiated the Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment in December 2014 to “prohibit the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries on unmanaged forage species until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability."

Forage species are small fish and invertebrates that feed on smaller marine organisms such as plankton and are in turn eaten by many species of fish, sea birds, and marine mammals. Forage species play an important role in sustaining the productivity and structure of marine ecosystems by facilitating the transfer of energy from the lowest levels of the food chain to higher levels. The Council initiated this amendment to protect the important ecological role that forage species play in the Mid-Atlantic.

This action will only address species that are not currently managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the New England Fishery Management Council, or the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

For more details and background on inception of this action, please see the Unmanaged Forage Scoping Document

Contact

Julia Beaty, Fishery Management Specialist - 302-526-5250, jbeaty@mafmc.org

Action Status

In April 2016 the Council approved a range of management alternatives for public hearings.  Seven public hearings have been scheduled for May and June 2016.  The Council is also accepting written comments through June 17, 2016.  Click here for date/location/commenting details.  Click here for the Public Hearing Document.

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