Law Enforcement/For-Hire Workshop

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council hosted a workshop November 13-14, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA to identify issues related to law enforcement in for-hire fisheries and sale by recreational anglers of tilefish and tuna and to develop potential solutions. Specifically, the workshop addressed: (1) Operator versus angler (client) responsibility for fisheries violations that occur on for-hire vessels and law enforcement options for addressing these; and (2) Issues related to the sale of fish by private recreational anglers (particularly golden tilefish and tunas) focusing on the need for vessels selling fish to comply with U.S. Coast Guard requirements and/or Federal permits that allow for the sale of fish. Recommendations coming from this workshop will be presented during the Council’s December meeting for formal discussion and action if feasible and warranted.

Workshop Materials



For more information, contact Andrew Loftus, (410) 295-5997,

Pelagic Fisheries: U.S. and European Perspectives and Shared Experiences

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold two workshops in collaboration with the European Union’s Pelagic Advisory Council ( The objective of these workshops is to share information and best management practices across U.S. and European pelagic and small-mesh fisheries. Both workshops will involve a combination of presentations, group discussions, and field trips designed to give participants first-hand knowledge of local fishery operations and issues.

U.S. Workshop

Background Documents


Tuesday, May 1

Wednesday, May 2

E.U. Workshop


Steering Committee

U.S. Members: Chris Moore, Jason Didden, Mary Sabo, Jeff Kaelin, Eric Reid

E.U. Members: Gerard van Balsfoort, Verena Ohms, Jesper Raakjær, Esben Sverdrup-Jensen

Offshore Wind Best Management Practices Workshop

This workshop focused on best management practices (BMPs) and mitigation measures for offshore wind development in the Mid-Atlantic region. The workshop provided a forum for fishermen, fishery managers, decision-makers, and offshore wind experts to provide input on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) BMPs and mitigation measures for offshore wind development.
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Recreational Focus Group

The objectives of this focus group were to (1) provide recreational stakeholders with an understanding of Council processes, (2) introduce the Council’s Visioning project, (3) elicit feedback to help the Council improve communications, and (4) support the recreational community’s participation in the fisheries management process.  
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