2014: Amendment 3 added the spiny 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, and eliminated seasonal allocation of the coast wide commercial quota. Final Rule - 7/15/2014.
2017: Amendment 5 (Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment) was an omnibus amendment that implemented management measures to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species in the Mid-Atlantic. See the Unmanaged Forage Amendment page for more information about this action. Final Rule - 8/28/2017.
2018: Framework 3 (Omnibus Acceptable Biological Catch Framework) modifies the Council's process for setting catch limits. Specifically, this framework (1) establishes a process for setting constant multi-year Acceptable Biological Catch (ABCs) limits for Council-managed fisheries; (2) 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; and (3) clarifies the process for setting ABCs for each of the four types of ABC control rules. Final Rule - 4/11/2018.