Deep Sea Coral Protection Area Designated Off Virginia Coast

NOAA Fisheries recently published the final rule for a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) action to designate a large offshore marine protected area for deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. MAFMC approved the Deep Sea Corals Amendment to the Mackerel, … Continued

Regional Council Specifications – Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, Bluefish

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) have established specifications for the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish fisheries. ASMFCs actions are final and apply to state waters (0-3 miles from … Continued

Emergency Action for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic

During a webinar meeting on Wednesday February 25, 2015, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to request that the National Marine Fisheries Service implement emergency rules to restrict commercial and recreational landings of blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic. The Council’s … Continued

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