St. Thomas and St. John Fishery Management Plan
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) is proposing to transition management of federal fisheries in the U.S. Caribbean from the current species-based fishery management plans (FMPs) to island-based FMPs.
Currently, the Council and NOAA Fisheries organize FMPs in the U.S. Caribbean by species or species groups (i.e., Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish). Island-based FMPs will be structured by island or island group, rather than by species, to allow managers to better consider the differences in culture, markets, gears, and seafood preferences among the U.S. Caribbean islands.
In March 2013, NOAA Fisheries and the Council developed an Environmental Assessment (EA) which analyzed the shift in fisheries management in the U.S. Caribbean from species-based to island-based. NOAA Fisheries and the Council have developed island-based FMPs for Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Thomas/St. John, and when finalized, these new plans will replace the current species-based FMPs.