Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Plan

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NOAA Fisheries Adjusts Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category December Subquota to 28.9 mt through Quota Transfer

NOAA Fisheries has transferred 19.5 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota from the Reserve category to the General category for the remainder of the 2020 fishing year. This action provides additional opportunity for General category fishermen…
Effective
12/01/2020

Request for Applications: 2021 Shark Research Fishery

NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications from commercial shark fishermen interested in participating in the 2021 Shark Research Fishery. A completed application and required vessel information must be submitted by December 30, 2020 for…
Published
11/30/2020

General Category Bluefin Fishery to Reopen for Two Days, October 28-29, 2020

NOAA Fisheries is reopening the General category Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery for two days following a transfer to the General category from the Reserve category that results in 39.2 mt available for additional fishing opportunities during the October…
Effective
10/28/2020

Adjustment of 2020 Northern Albacore, North and South Atlantic Swordfish, and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Reserve Category Quotas

NOAA Fisheries has adjusted the 2020 baseline quotas for North Atlantic albacore tuna (northern albacore), North and South Atlantic swordfish, as well as the Atlantic bluefin tuna Reserve category.  This action is based on the underharvest of 2019…
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Effective
10/01/2020

Proposed Rule: Atlantic Shark Fishery 2021 Quotas, Opening Dates, and Retention Limits

This action proposes adjustments to 2021 quotas to account for over- and underharvests as allowable under existing regulations, which take into account stock status.  It also proposes a January 1, 2021 opening date for the shark fishing season and shark…
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Published
09/29/2020

Amendment 14 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Shark Quota Management

NOAA Fisheries is exploring options for implementing management measures to be consistent with the current National Standard 1 policy guidelines for Atlantic sharks in Draft Amendment 14 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery…
Comments Close
12/31/2020

Amendment 12 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: MSA Guidelines and National Policy Directives

NOAA Fisheries is exploring options related to the 2016 revised National Standards 1, 3, and 7 guidelines and other recent national policy directives. Issues addressed in Draft Amendment 12 include:  Proposed revisions to the objectives in the…
Published
08/25/2020

Amendment 13 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Bluefin Management Measures

NOAA Fisheries is exploring management options with a focus on:  Refining the Individual Bluefin Quota Program.  Reassessing share distribution and allocation of bluefin tuna quotas, including the potential elimination or phasing out of the Purse…
Published
05/21/2019

2021 Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishing Year Quotas, Opening Dates, and Retention Limits

This final rule establishes quota levels, opening dates, and retention limits for the 2021 Atlantic commercial shark fisheries, including those in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  The 2021 quotas, adjusted as appropriate to account for over- and…
Effective
01/01/2021

Temporary Reopening of the General Category Bluefin Fishery for Two Days

This action is intended to provide a reasonable opportunity to harvest the full annual U.S. bluefin tuna quota without exceeding it, while maintaining an equitable distribution of fishing opportunities across time periods. How long is the reopening…
Effective
11/07/2020

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery Closure

NOAA Fisheries announces the closure of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery. Fishermen aboard vessels with an Atlantic tunas General or Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat permit may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic…
Effective
09/27/2020

Amendment 11 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks

Amendment 11 implements management measures to address overfishing and rebuild the overfished North Atlantic shortfin mako shark stock. These measures are based on the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) stock…
Effective
03/03/2019

Amendment 10 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Essential Fish Habitat

NOAA Fisheries conducted a 5-year review of Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and determined that updates to HMS EFH were warranted. Amendment 10 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP was undertaken to update HMS…
Effective
08/30/2017

Amendment 8 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Management of Atlantic Swordfish

The final rule for Amendment 8 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) implements new and modified commercial vessel permits to retain and sell a limited number of swordfish caught on rod and reel,…
Published
08/21/2013

Amendment 1 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Essential Fish Habitat

In 2009, NOAA Fisheries amended the Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan based on a review of Atlantic HMS Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). The document examines alternatives for updating HMS EFH, considers habitat…
Published
06/01/2009

Amendment 2 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Atlantic Shark Management Measures

In 2008, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule implementing the management measures for Amendment 2 to the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. The management measures were designed to rebuild overfished species and prevent…
Effective
07/24/2008

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 10/23/2020