Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass

Original FMP (1988)

  • Established management plan for summer flounder.

Amendment 1 (1991)

  • Established an overfishing definition for summer flounder.

Amendment 2 (1993)

  • Established rebuilding schedule, commercial quotas, recreational harvest limits, size limits, gear restrictions, permits, and reporting requirements for summer flounder;
  • Created the Summer Flounder Monitoring Committee.

Amendment 3 (1993)

  • Revised the exempted fishery line for summer flounder;
  • Increased the large mesh net threshold for summer flounder;
  • Established otter trawl retention requirements for large mesh use in the summer flounder fishery.

Amendment 4 (1993)

  • Revised state-specific shares for summer flounder commercial quota allocation.

Amendment 5 (1993)

  • Allowed states to combine or transfer summer flounder commercial quota.

Amendment 6 (1994)

  • Set criteria for allowance of multiple nets on board commercial vessels for summer flounder;
  • Established deadline for publishing catch limits,
  • Established commercial management measures for summer flounder.

Amendment 7 (1995)

  • Revised the fishing mortality rate reduction schedule for summer flounder.

Amendment 8 (1996)

  • Incorporated Scup FMP into Summer Flounder FMP
  • Established scup management measures, including commercial quotas, recreational harvest limits, size limits, gear restrictions, permits, and reporting requirements.

Amendment 9 (1996)

  • Incorporated Black Sea Bass into Summer Flounder FMP
  • Established black sea bass measures, including commercial quotas, recreational harvest limits, size limits, gear restrictions, permits, and reporting requirements.

Amendment 10 (1997)

  • Modified commercial minimum mesh requirements 
  • Continued commercial vessel moratorium 
  • Prohibited transfer of summer flounder at sea 
  • Established special permit for party/charter sector for summer flounder.

Amendment 11 (1998)

  • Modified certain provisions related to vessel replacement and upgrading, permit history transfer, splitting, and permit renewal regulations.

Amendment 12 (1999)

  • Revised FMP to comply with the SFA and established framework adjustment process.

Framework 1 (2001)

  • Established quota set-aside for research for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.

Framework 2 (2001)

  • Established state-specific conservation equivalency measures.

Framework 3 (2003)

  • Allowed the rollover of winter scup quota;
  • Revised the start date for summer quota period for scup fishery.

Framework 4 (2003)

  • Established a system to transfer scup at sea.

Amendment 13 (2003)

  • Amendment 13 Appendices
  • Addressed the disapproved sections of Amendment 12;
  • Revised black sea bass commercial quota system;
  • Addressed other black sea bass mgmt. measures.

Framework 5 (2004)

  • Established multi-year specification setting of quota for all three species.

Framework 6 (2006)

  • Established region-specific conservation equivalency measures for summer flounder.

Framework 7 (2007)

  • Built flexibility into process to define and update status determination criteria for each plan species. 

Amendment 16 (2007)

  • Standardized bycatch reporting methodology.

Amendment 14 (2007)

  • Established a rebuilding schedule for scup; Scup GRAs made modifiable through framework adjustment process.

Amendment 15 (2011)

  • Established Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs)

Amendment 19 (2014): Omnibus Recreational Accountability Amendment

  • Modified the accountability measures for the Council's recreational fisheries

Amendment 17 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Implemented Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology

Framework 8 (2015)

  • Allows the black sea bass recreational fishery to begin on May 15 of each year, instead of May 19, to provide additional fishing opportunities

Amendment 18 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit "did not fish" reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing
  • Removed some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on Federal fishing permits

Spiny Dogfish

Original FMP (2000)

  • Established management of Atlantic spiny dogfish fisheries

Framework 1 (2006)

  • Created mechanism for specification of multi-year management measures

Amendment 1 (2007)

  • Standardized bycatch reporting methodology

Framework 2 (2009)

  • Built flexibility into process to define and update status determination criteria

Amendment 2 (2011)

  • Established Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs)

Amendment 3 (2014)

  • Added the dogfish fishery to the Research Set‐Aside (RSA) program
  • Updated Essential Fish Habitat definitions
  • Established provisions to maintain existing management measures (including quota) in the event of delayed rulemaking
  • Eliminated seasonal allocation of the coast wide commercial quota

Amendment 4 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Implemented Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology

Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish

Atlantic Mackerel FMP (1978)

  • Established management of Atlantic mackerel fishery

Atlantic Butterfish FMP (1978)

  • Established management of Atlantic butterfish fishery

Squid FMP (1978)

  • Established management of squid fisheries

Atlantic Mackerel Amendment 1 (1979)

  • Continued management of the Atlantic mackerel fishery

Squid Amendment 1 (1979)

  • Continued management of the squid fishery

Atlantic Butterfish Amendment 1 (1980)

  • Continued management of the Atlantic butterfish fishery

Atlantic Mackerel Amendment 2 (1980)

  • Continued management of the Atlantic mackerel fishery

Atlantic Butterfish Amendment 2 (1980)

  • Continued management of the Atlantic butterfish fishery

Merged FMP (1983)

  • Consolidated management of Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fisheries under a single FMP

Amendment 1 (1984)

  • Implemented squid OY adjustment mechanism
  • Revise Atlantic mackerel mortality rate

Amendment 2 (1986)

  • Revised squid bycatch TALFF allowances
  • Implemented framework adjustment process
  • Converted expiration of fishing permits from indefinite to annual
  • Equated fishing year with calendar year

Amendment 3 (1991)

  • Established overfishing definitions for all four species

Amendment 4 (1991)

  • Limited the activity of directed foreign fishing and joint venture transfers to foreign vessels
  • Allowed for specification of OY for Atlantic mackerel for up to three years

Amendment 5 (1996)

  • Adjusted Loligo MSY
  • Eliminated directed foreign fisheries for Loligo, Illex, and butterfish
  • Instituted a dealer and vessel reporting system
  • Instituted an operator permitting system
  • Implemented a limited access system for Loligo, Illex and butterfish
  • Expanded the management unit to include all Atlantic mackerel, Loligo, Illex, and butterfish under U.S. jurisdiction.

Amendment 6 (1997)

  • Revised the overfishing definitions for Loligo, Illex, and butterfish
  • Established directed fishery closure at 95% of DAH forLoligo, Illex and butterfish with post-closure trip limits for each species
  • Established a mechanism for seasonal management of theIllex fishery to improve the yield-per recruit

Amendment 7 (1997)

  • Established consistency among FMPs in the NE region of the U.S. relative to vessel permitting, replacement and upgrade criteria

Amendment 8 (1998)

  • Brought the FMP into compliance with new and revised National Standards and other required provisions of the Sustainable Fisheries Act
  • Added a framework adjustment procedure

Framework 1 (2001)

  • Created a quota set-aside for the purpose of conducting scientific research

Framework 2 (2002)

  • Extended the moratorium on entry to the Illex fishery for an additional year
  • Established that previous year specifications apply when specifications for the management unit are not published prior to the start of the fishing year (excluding TALFF specifications)
  • Allowed for the specification of management measures forLoligo for a period of up to three years

Framework 3 (2003)

  • Extended the moratorium on entry to the Illex fishery for an additional year

Framework 4 (2004)

  • Extended the moratorium on entry to the Illex fishery for an additional five years

Amendment 12 (2007)

  • Standardized bycatch reporting methodology

Amendment 9 (2008)

  • Allowed for multi-year specifications for all four managed species (mackerel, butterfish, Illex, and Loligo) for up to 3 years
  • Extended the moratorium on entry into the Illex fishery, without a sunset provision
  • Adopted biological reference points for Loligo recommended by the stock assessment review committee (SARC)
  • Designated EFH for Loligo eggs based on available information
  • Prohibited bottom trawling by MSB-permitted vessels in 
  • Lydonia and Oceanographer Canyons

Amendment 10 (2010)

  • Implemented a butterfish rebuilding program
  • Increased the Loligo minimum mesh in Trimesters 1 and 3
  • Implemented a 72-hour trip notification requirement for the Loligo fishery.

Amendment 13 (2010)

  • Implemented Annual Catch Limits (ACLs), Annual Catch Targets (ACTs), and Accountability Measures (AMs).

Amendment 11 (2011)

  • Implemented Limited Access in the Atl. mackerel fishery.
  • Updated EFH for all MSB species.
  • Established a recreational-commercial allocation.

Framework 5 (2012)

  • Broadened the scope of individuals who can perform hold measurements for limited access mackerel vessels

Framework 6 (2012)

  • Clarified the Council's risk policy and describes the limited circumstances under which acceptable biological catch (ABC) can be increased for stocks without status determination criteria on overfishing. 

Framework 7 (2013)

  • Converted the butterfish mortality cap from a catch cap to a discard cap

Amendment 14 (2014)

  • Appendices
  • Final Rule
  • Implemented a variety of reporting and monitoring requirements for Atlantic mackerel and longfin squid fisheries
  • Implemented a river herring and shad catch cap for the Atlantic mackerel fishery

Amendment 17 (2014)

  • Final Rule
  • Modified accountability measures for the Council's recreational fisheries, including Atlantic mackerel

Framework 8 (2014)

  • Final Rule
  • Implements changes to improve operation of the butterfish discard cap in the longfin squid fishery and the directed butterfish fishery

Amendment 15 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Implemented Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology

Amendment 19 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit "did not fish" reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing
  • Removed some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on Federal fishing permits

Framework 9 (2015)

  • Established measures to enhance catch monitoring and address slippage (catch that is discarded before it has been sampled by observers) in the Atlantic mackerel fishery.

Bluefish

Original FMP (1990)

  • Established management of Atlantic bluefish fisheries

Amendment 1 (2000)

Amendment 1 - Volume 2 (Appendices)

  • Brought the FMP into compliance with new and revised National Standards and other required provisions of the Sustainable Fisheries Act;
  • Implemented rebuilding plan;
  • Required that a commercial quota and recreational harvest limit be based on projected stock size estimates as derived from the latest stock assessment information.

Framework 1 (2001)

  • Final Rule
  • Created a quota set-aside for the purpose of conducting scientific research

Amendment 2 (2007)

  • Final Rule
  • Standardized bycatch reporting methodology

Amendment 3 (2011) 

  • Final Rule
  • Established Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs)

Amendment 4 (2013)

  • Final Rule
  • Modified the accountability measures for the Council's recreational fisheries

Amendment 5 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Implemented Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog

Original FMP (1977)

  • Established management of surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries through September 1979
  • Established quarterly quotas for surfclams
  • Established annual quotas for ocean quahogs
  • Established effort limitation, permit, and logbook provisions
  • Instituted a moratorium on entry into the surfclam fishery for one year to allow time for the development of an alternative limited entry system such as a "stock certificate" program

Amendment 1 (1979)

  • Extended management authority through December 31, 1979
  • Maintained the moratorium

Amendment 2 (1979)

  • Extended the FMP through the end of 1981
  • Divided the surfclam portion of the management unit into the New England and Mid-Atlantic Area
  • Introduced a "bad weather make up day"
  • Maintained the moratorium in the Mid-Atlantic Area

Amendment 3 (1981)

  • Extended the FMP indefinitely
  • Imposed a 5.5" surfclam minimum size limit in the Mid-Atlantic Area
  • Expanded the surfclam fishing week in the Mid-Atlantic Area to Sunday - Thursday from Monday – Thursday
  • Established a framework basis for quota setting
  • Proposed a permit limitation system to replace the moratorium which was disapproved by NMFS
  • NMFS extended the moratorium  

Amendment 4 (1984)

  • Provided that any unharvested portion of a bimonthly allocation be added to the immediately following bimonthly allocation rather than being prorated over all remaining bimonthly periods and that trip and weekly limits be by vessel classes based on relative fishing power
  • Amendment 4 was implemented on an emergency basis for 180 days beginning 1 July 1984
  • NMFS subsequently determined that the document was not structurally complete for review

Amendment 5 (1985)

  • Allowed for revision of the surfclam minimum size limit provision
  • Extended the size limit throughout the entire fishery
  • Instituted a requirement that cages be tagged

Amendment 6 (1986)

  • Divided the New England Area into the Nantucket Shoals and Georges Bank Areas, the dividing line being 69° N Longitude
  • Combined the provisions of Amendment 4 with the Mid-Atlantic Council's Amendment 6 into one document
  • Replaced the bimonthly quotas with quarterly quotas
  • Eliminate the weekly landing limits for the Nantucket Shoals Area
  • Clarified the quota adjustment provisions for the Nantucket Shoals and Georges Bank Areas
  • Established one landing per trip provision

Amendment 7 (1987)

  • Changed the quota distribution on Georges Bank to equal quarterly quotas
  • Revised the roll over provisions

Amendment 8 (1988)

  • Replaced the regulated fishing time system in the surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries with an individual transferable quota (ITQ) system

Amendment 9 (1996)

  • Revised the overfishing definitions for surfclams and ocean quahogs in response to a scientific review by NMFS

Amendment 10 (1998)

  • Provided management measures for the small artisanal fishery for ocean quahogs (mahogany clams) off the northeast coast of Maine

Amendment 11 (1998)

  • Achieved consistency among Mid-Atlantic and New England FMPs on vessel replacement and upgrade provisions, permit history transfer and splitting and renewal regulations for fishing vessels issued Northeast Limited Access Federal Fishery permits

Amendment 12 (1998)

  • Brought the FMP into compliance with the new and revised National Standards and other requirements of the 1996 Sustainable Fisheries Act
  • Established a framework adjustment process
  • Implemented an Operator Permit requirement for fishermen that did not already have them for other fisheries
  • The Regional Administrator partially approved Amendment 12 with the exceptions of the proposed surfclam overfishing definition and the fishing gear impacts to EFH section. 

Amendment 13 (2003)

  • Appendices
  • Addressed various disapproved sections of Amendment 12 

Amendment 14 (2007)

  • Standardized bycatch reporting methodology

Framework 1 (2007)

  • Addressed issues related to Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) and enforcement

Amendment 16 (2011)

  • Established Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs)

Amendment 15 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology

Amendment 18 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit "did not fish" reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing
  • Removed some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on Federal fishing permits

Amendment 17 (2016)

  • Establishes a cost recovery program for the individual transferable quota (ITQ) fishery, as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Act. 
  • Contains provisions to remove the optimum yield ranges from the management plan and to change how biological reference points are incorporated into the plan.

Golden Tilefish

Original Tilefish FMP (2001)

  • Established management of the Golden Tilefish fishery
  • Limited entry into the commercial fishery
  • Implemented system for dividing Total allowable landings (TAL) among three fishing categories

Framework 1 (2001)

  • Created quota set-aside for the purposes of conducting research

Amendment 2 (2007)

  • Standardized bycatch reporting methodology

Amendment 1  (2009)

  • Appendices and Figures 
  • Implemented an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the commercial fishery; 
  • Established new reporting requirements; 
  • Imposed gear modifications; 
  • Addressed recreational fishing issues; Reviewed the EFH components of the FMP.

Amendment 3 (2011)

  • Established Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs)

Amendment 4 (2015)

  • Final Rule
  • Implemented Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology