Managing our nation’s marine resources is a large and complicated endeavor. Understanding the entire system or learning what management body manages each species or fishery and why can be very confusing. Even when most think they get it, there are exceptions to the general rules that further complicate the learning process.
Fissues.org is a resource that hopes to make it easier for people to understand and participate in the fisheries management process. This section contains information and news of relevance to the management bodies of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast fisheries. Each contains a short and simple description to make it a bit easier to get involved with the issues you care about.
The ASMFC is an interstate compact of the 15 Atlantic coastal states which manage fisheries in state waters (shore to 3 mile line).
The MAFMC is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources between 3 & 200 miles of the Atlantic coasts of NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA & NC. Management of some species overlaps with the NEFMC.
The NEFMC is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources between 3 & 200 miles of the Atlantic coasts of ME, NH, MA, RI & CT. Management of some species overlaps with the MAFMC.
This section will cover all federal offices, agencies & actions related to fisheries including US Congress, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Highly Migratory Species (HMS), National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS), and the Greater Atlantic Regional Fishery Office (GARFO).