Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 12

Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 12

(Addition of Bullet & Frigate Mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery Management Plan)

At the March 2019 meeting, the Council discussed a white paper on mechanisms and regulatory parameters for adding ecosystem component (EC) species to a Fishery Management Plan (FMP), ways that other Councils have addressed EC species in FMPs, as well as background information on fisheries for bullet mackerel and frigate mackerel.  The Council voted to send the topic of adding bullet and frigate mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP as EC species out for scoping in the spring of 2019.

At the June 2019 meeting, the Council reviewed the scoping comments received and directed staff to start work on Amendment 12 that would add bullet and frigate mackerel to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP as EC species.  The Council reviewed an options paper for this amendment at the September 2019 meeting and requested guidance from NMFS on parameters regarding the Council’s ability to add EC species to an FMP and implement regulatory measures.

At the March 2020 meeting, the Council received the guidance from NMFS and decided to move forward with a single action that would add the two mackerel species to the Dolphin Wahoo FMP as EC species.   The Council will reviewed Amendment 12 at their June 2020 meeting and approved the amendment for public hearings.   The Council reviewed Amendment 12 at their June 2020 meeting and approved it for public hearings which were held at their September 2020 meeting.  At the September 2020 meeting the Council approved the amendment for formal review. 


Staff Contact

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Documents and Public Comments

Council Process

  • Scoping:  May 2019
  • Public Hearing:  September 2020
  • Final Approval:  September 2020

NMFS Process

  • Secretarial Review:  December 2020
  • Rule Making:  January 2021
  • Implementation: June 9, 2021