While the Council may make recommendations on variety of issues, on our website we describe two main kinds of action: changes to the Council’s fishery management plans (FMPs) and changes to federal regulations implementing measures in these FMPs. We call the first an FMP amendment and the second a regulatory amendment.
Regulatory amendments can be further distinguished by the process the Council takes to develop and propose changes. Regulatory amendments can be “one off” changes, for example implementing mitigation measures to reduce endangered species take or implementing provisions of an FMP amendment. (On this website regulatory changes associated with an FMP amendment are not generally featured as a standalone action; rather, information on both the amendment and associated regulatory changes are found in the same place.)
The Council’s FMPs also describe “management cycles” that include a schedule of Council meetings to decide on regulatory changes for the next management period. Regulations that need to be changed, or “adjusted,” on a regular basis are addressed through these management cycles. Frequently-changed regulations most often relate to controlling catch against an objective such as an annual catch limit. Council Operating Procedure 9 describes these FMP management cycles.
On this website you can find information about FMP and regulatory amendments on the Fishery management plan and amendments page for each FMP. Actions the Council undertakes through established management cycles may be found on the Current season management page for the FMP in question.
In tracking actions on this website we distinguish between in-progress and implemented actions. In-progress actions are either in development by the Council or have been transmitted to National Marine Fisheries Service to be implemented. Completed actions have been implemented through the approval of an FMP amendment or a change to regulations.