In August 2013, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. The Council's strategic plan provides the first comprehensive strategic approach for fisheries management in federal waters off the Mid-Atlantic coast. Over the next five years, the strategic plan will guide the Council's efforts to achieve sustainable and productive fisheries, a healthy marine ecosystem, and stable coastal communities.
The next, and final, step of the strategic planning process is development of an implementation plan. The 2014 Implementation Plan was designed to provide a comprehensive and realistic framework for merging the Council's ongoing projects with new initiatives. The plan will be used by the Council and staff as a planning tool and as a way to update the public on progress toward achieving the goals and objectives of the strategic plan.
The Council will review the draft implementation plan, along with any public comments received, at the December 2013 Council meeting.