Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plans and Amendments

Most species found in federal waters are managed by regional fishery management councils through the development and implementation of a Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, highly migratory species (HMS) such as Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish are different in that they are found throughout the Atlantic Ocean and must be managed both domestically and internationally. As a result, NOAA Fisheries has primary authority for developing and implementing an Atlantic HMS FMP.

Final Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (Final Rule, July 2006)

Amendment 1: Essential Fish Habitat (Final Rule, June 2009)

Amendment 2: Atlantic Shark Management Measures (Final Rule, April 2008)

Amendment 3: Atlantic Shark Management Measures (Final Rule, March 2010)

Amendment 4: Caribbean Fishery Management Measures (Final Rule, October 2012)

Amendment 5a: Atlantic Shark Management Measures (Final Rule, July 2013)

Amendment 5b: Atlantic Shark Management Measures

Amendment 6: Future of the Shark Fishery (Final Rule, August 18, 2015)

Amendment 7: Bluefin Tuna Management Measures (Final Rule, December 2014)

Amendment 8: Management of Atlantic Swordfish (Final Rule, August 2013)

Amendment 9: Atlantic Shark Management Measures (Final Rule, November 2015)

Amendment 10: Essential Fish Habitat (Final Rule, September 2017)

Amendment 11: Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks (Interim Final Rule, March 2, 2018)