Managing Fisheries in the Greater Atlantic Region

Boats at Barnegat Bay

We create and implement policy to sustainably manage commercial and recreational fisheries in federal waters from Maine to North Carolina. Our staff works cooperatively with the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to develop, review, and implement fishery management plans. We work on 14 different fishery management plans— for species like Atlantic herring, Atlantic salmon, black sea bass, and mackerel—with the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Two fishery management plans, monkfish and spiny dogfish, are jointly managed by both Councils.

Some species found in the Greater Atlantic Region are managed exclusively by the states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Some species are managed in both state waters, which are up to three nautical miles from shore, and federal waters, which are three to 200 miles from shore. 

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Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on July 31, 2018