Bluefish

1990: Original FMP established management of Atlantic bluefish fisheries

2000: Amendment 1 brought the FMP into compliance with new and revised National Standards and other required provisions of the Sustainable Fisheries Act, implemented a rebuilding plan, and required that a commercial quota and recreational harvest limit be based on projected stock size estimates as derived from the latest stock assessment information. Amendment 1 - Volume 2 (Appendices).

2001: Framework 1 created a quota set-aside for the purpose of conducting scientific research. Final Rule.

2007: Amendment 2 implemented standardized bycatch reporting methodology. Final Rule.

2011: Amendment 3 established Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs). Final Rule.

2013: Amendment 4 modified the accountability measures for the Council's recreational fisheries. Final Rule.

2015: Amendment 5 implemented a new Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology to address a legal challenge. Final Rule.

2017: Amendment 6 - Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment implemented management measures to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species in the Mid-Atlantic. Final Rule.

2017: Framework 2 - Omnibus For-Hire Electronic Trip Reporting Framework implemented a requirement for vessels that hold party/charter permits for Council-managed species to submit vessel trip reports electronically (eVTRs) while on a trip carrying passengers for hire.

2018: Framework 3 - Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework established a process for setting constant multi-year Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) limits for Council-managed fisheries. This action clarifies that the Atlantic Bluefish, Tilefish, and Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMPs will now automatically incorporate the best available scientific information in calculating ABCs (as all other Mid-Atlantic management plans do) rather than requiring a separate management action to adopt them. This action also clarifies the process for setting ABCs for each of the four types of ABC control rules. Final Rule.