Amendments and Frameworks Under Development
The Council is developing a framework action to consider modifications to the Atlantic mackerel commercial fishery closure possession limits.
This framework action will present alternatives with the purposes of rebuilding the mackerel stock with associated management measures (including 2019-2021 specifications), as well as setting the river herring/shad (RH/S) cap for the mackerel fishery.
The Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Commercial Accountability Measures Framework proposes changes to the commercial accountability measures for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.
The Council and the ASMFC are developing a joint framework action and addendum to consider adding the following management options to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan:
The Mid-Atlantic Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are developing an amendment to review and possibly revise the allocation of Atlantic bluefish between the commercial and recreational fisheries and the commercial allocations to the states. As part of this amendment the Council and ASMFC will also be reviewing the goals and objectives of the bluefish FMP and the quota transfer processes. Other issues may also be considered.
This amendment will consider options to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) privileges. In addition, the goals and objectives for the SCOQ FMP will be reviewed and potentially revised.
This amendment considers adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squids, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The amendment may include potential catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks to be considered “in the fishery.”
This Amendment considers mechanisms to facilitate industry funding of observer coverage, as well as specific coverage targets and related measures for the Atlantic mackerel and Atlantic herring fisheries.
The Council is involved in a range of initiatives to address river herring and shad conservation. This page summarizes information pertaining to Amendments 14 and 15, Framework 9, and the River Herring Technical Expert Working Group (TEWG).
The Council is considering development of a “Squid Capacity Amendment” to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This amendment would review the performance of the longfin squid and Illex squid fisheries and consider options for controlling or limiting capacity of the fleets.
This amendment addresses FMP goals and objectives for summer flounder and commercial management measures and strategies, including federal commercial moratorium permit requalification, commercial allocation, and landings flexibility FMP framework provisions.
Completed Council Actions
This action will consider opening the Wave 1 (January – February) recreational black sea bass fishery under a Letter of Authorization program.
The Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission developed this joint management action to modify the dates of the commercial scup quota periods.
The Council, in response to a 2015 petition from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, is considering the designation of 13 artificial reef sites as Special Management Zones (SMZs) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off of New Jersey.
- Final Rule published November 24, 2017
- Final Rule published December 14, 2016
- Final Rule published June 15, 2016
- Final Rule published August 12, 2015
- Amendment development discontinued. See here for details.
- Final Rule published February 24, 2013