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Amendment 23 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan


Left-facing side-profile illustration of Atlantic mackerel fish with silvery white underside. Top half of body is blue green with black wavy bars and narrow dark streak along each side. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Carly Bari, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9150


NOAA Fisheries approved regulations to implement Amendment 23 to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 23 was developed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to establish a revised Atlantic mackerel rebuilding plan, set the 2023 Atlantic mackerel specifications and a river herring and shad catch cap for the Atlantic mackerel fishery, establish a recreational possession limit, and modify in-season closure measures. This action is necessary to prevent overfishing and rebuild the Atlantic mackerel stock based on a 2021 management track assessment that found the Atlantic mackerel stock remains overfished and subject to overfishing. The intended effect of this rule is to sustainably manage the Atlantic mackerel fishery and achieve optimum yield on a continuing basis.


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NOAA Fisheries is reducing per-trip catch limits to reduce the likelihood of overfishing and to reduce catch until the 2024 specifications are implemented, effective October 12, 2023.
October 12, 2023 -

Amendment 23 to the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries is approving and implementing Amendment 23 effective February 1, 2023.
January 31, 2023 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 10/12/2023