Mid-Atlantic Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
09/27/2017

Summary

NOAA Fisheries partially approves and implements through regulations measures included in the Mid-Atlantic Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment, as adopted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and approved by NOAA Fisheries on June 13, 2017. The purpose of this action is to prevent the development of new, and the expansion of existing, commercial fisheries on certain forage species until the Council has adequate opportunity and information to evaluate the potential impacts of forage fish harvest on existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the marine ecosystem. This final rule implements an annual landing limit, possession limits, and permitting and reporting requirements for Atlantic chub mackerel and certain previously unmanaged forage species and species groups caught within Mid-Atlantic federal waters; allows vessels to transit Mid-Atlantic federal waters with forage species caught in other areas; and identifies measures that can be revised through a future framework adjustment.

Federal Register

Bulletins

Mid-Atlantic Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment Approved for Federally Permitted Dealers

This is the first rule in the Atlantic to list forage species as ecosystem component species, and set landing and possession limits for 17 forage species.
August 25, 2017 -

Mid-Atlantic Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment for Federally Permitted Commercial Fishing Vessels

This is the first rule in the Atlantic to list forage species as ecosystem component species, and set landing and possession limits for 17 forage species.
August 25, 2017 -

Last updated on 08/27/2019