MAFMC Strategic Plan

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Development

In 2019 the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be working to develop its next strategic plan to guide management activities from 2020 through 2024. This process will involve evaluating how well the Council has performed under its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and identifying new challenges, opportunities, and areas of focus for the next five years.

This page will be updated frequently throughout the strategic planning process. Please check back for updates and information about how to get involved.

We want to hear from you!

The Council is seeking public input for its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. Earlier in 2019, an online stakeholder survey was conducted asking stakeholders to rate how well the Council has performed relative to the current plan, and to suggest priorities, opportunities and challenges for the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. In April and May 2019, additional input will be sought via webinar meetings of all of the Council’s Advisory Panels, a meeting of the Scientific and Statistical Committee, three in-person port meetings, and a public webinar meeting.

The public is invited to attend these meetings to provide feedback on priorities, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey. Click here for a recorded presentation of the survey results or click here for a pdf of the survey results presentation.

Upcoming public meetings include:

  1. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM: University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.

  2. Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:30 PM: Ocean County Administrative Building Room 119, 101 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753.

  3. Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 5:30 PM: Webinar meeting, with connection information to be posted on the Council's website.

  4. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 5:30PM: Virginia Marine Resources Commission (New Location), 380 Fenwick Road, BLDG 96, Fort Monroe, VA 23651.

The Advisory Panel and SSC meeting schedule can be found on the Council calendar. Public input gathered during these meetings will be compiled into a report and presented to the Council during its June 2019 meeting for review.

Contact: If you have questions or would like to provide comments outside of these meetings, please contact Michelle Duval at or 919-601-3798.

2014-2018 Strategic Plan

In August 2013 the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved its first-ever strategic plan. The plan maps out a series of goals and strategies that will guide the Council's management activities from 2014 through 2018. After initiating the strategic planning effort in 2010, the Council spent nearly a year collecting and analyzing input from stakeholders throughout the Northeast region. More than 1,500 individuals provided input and ideas for the plan through online surveys, position letters, and roundtable meetings with Council members and staff. The plan is organized around four priority areas: Communication, Governance, Science, and Management. Each section includes a single goal with a series of objectives and strategies. In total, the plan includes 18 objectives and 78 strategies.


Healthy and productive marine ecosystems supporting thriving, sustainable marine fisheries that provide the greatest overall benefit to stakeholders.


The Council manages marine fisheries in federal waters of the Mid-Atlantic region for their long-term sustainability and productivity consistent with the National Standards of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Council is committed to the effective stewardship of these fisheries and associated habitats by incorporating scientific information and informed public input in transparent processes that produce fishery management plans and programs.

Core Values

Core values are the traits or qualities that represent an individual’s or organization’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core, fundamental driving forces.

The Council's core values include:

  1. Stewardship

  2. Integrity

  3. Effectiveness

  4. Fairness

  5. Competence

  6. Clear Communication

Strategic Goals


Engage, inform, and educate stakeholders to promote public awareness and encourage constructive participation in the Council process


Ensure that the Council’s management decisions are based on timely and accurate scientific data that are analyzed and modeled in a manner that improves management performance and build stakeholder confidence


Develop fishery management strategies that provide for productive, sustainable fisheries.


Ensure that the Council's governance structures and practices fairly represent stakeholder interests, are coordinated with the Council' management partners, and include a clear and well-defined decision-making process.