Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish

Atlantic Mackerel    Scomber scrombus

Atlantic Mackerel
Scomber scrombus

Longfin Squid    Doryteuthis (Amerigo) pealeii

Longfin Squid
Doryteuthis (Amerigo) pealeii

Illex  Squid    Illex illecebrosus

Illex Squid
Illex illecebrosus

Butterfish    Peprilus triacanthus

Peprilus triacanthus

Click on an image above to learn more about the biology and life history of that species.

The Council manages the Atlantic mackerel, longfin squid, Illex squid, and butterfish (MSB) fisheries under a single Fishery management Plan (FMP). The management unit includes all U.S. waters off the U.S. East Coast.

There is recreational fishing for Atlantic mackerel (for food and bait), but the majority of harvest is commercial for all four species, with bottom and mid-water trawling accounting for most landings.  Commercial landings are used in a variety of food and bait markets, both domestically and for export.

There is substantial uncertainty regarding these species because their distribution and productivity are likely highly dependent on environmental variables.  The Council uses annual quotas based on recommendations from the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee for all four species.  These quotas account for both scientific and management uncertainty. 

Ecosystem considerations have become a prominent issue for these fisheries.  Please see the Council's Ecosystem Plan page for more details. 

Note: longfin squid used to have the scientific name Loligo pealeii and are often still referred to as "Loligo."

Actions Under Development

Fishery Management Plan and Amendments

Click here for more information, including years and objectives of each of the FMPs and amendments listed below.

Fishery Performance Reports and Information Documents

Fishery Performance Reports (FPRs) are developed every year by each fishery's advisory panel to provide the Council and SSC with a description of the factors that influenced fishing effort and catch within each of the Council’s fisheries. Fishery Information Documents (FIDs) are annual summaries of the most recent catch, landings, and effort data.