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

Amendment 6 - Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment (2017)

  • 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

Framework 2 - Omnibus For-Hire Electronic Trip Reporting Framework (2017)

  • Implements 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.

Framework 3 - Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework (2018)

  • Final Rule
  • Establishes a process for setting constant multi-year Acceptable Biological Catch (ABCs) limits for Council-managed fisheries;
  • 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;
  • Clarifies the process for setting ABCs for each of the four types of ABC control rules.