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.
1996 Regulatory Amendment (1996)
- Established seasonal quota periods for the commercial scup fishery.
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 (2013): 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
Framework 9 (2016)
- Modified the southern and eastern boundaries of the Southern Scup Gear Restricted Area (in effect January 1-March 15)
- Final Rule
- Implements management measures to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species in the Mid-Atlantic