Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Date: 8 Feb

Time: 9:00am

Location: Durham, N.C.


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976 to manage fisheries within U.S. federal waters, meeting Feb. 8-10 at Durham Convention Center. The council’s management authority extends from three to 200 miles off the coasts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Although the Mid-Atlantic Council includes voting members from North Carolina, the South Atlantic Council has primary management authority over federal waters off the coast of North Carolina.

Managed Fisheries
  • The Mid-Atlantic Council manages more than 65 species with seven fishery management plans (FMPs). Fifteen species are directly managed with specific FMPs:
  • Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass
  • Mackerel (Atlantic and chub), Squid (longfin and Illex), and Butterfish
  • Atlantic Surfclams and Ocean Quahogs
  • Atlantic Bluefish
  • Golden and Blueline Tilefish
  • Spiny Dogfish (jointly managed with the New England Council, MAFMC lead)
  • Monkfish (jointly managed with the New England Council, NEFMC lead)
Meeting agendas are usually made available 3 weeks prior to the meeting. Sign up for the council's email list to receive agendas for upcoming meetings by email.



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