- North Pacific Council
- Pacific Council
- Western Pacific Council
- New England Council
- Mid-Atlantic Council
- South Atlantic Council
- Caribbean Council
- Gulf Of Mexico Council
- Council Contacts
Managing our Nation's Fisheries: Past, Present, and Future
Proceedings of the Conference on Fisheries Management in the Untied States, held by the Regional Fishery Management Councils
Current: The Journal of Marine Education Full Print Journal.
Welcome to the U.S. Regional Fishery Management
The Regional Council system was designed to allow regional, participatory
governance by knowledgeable people with a stake in fishery management. The eight Regional Councils develop management plans
for marine fisheries in waters seaward of state waters of their individual
regions. Plans and specific management measures (such as fishing
seasons, quotas, and closed areas) are developed based on sound scientific advice,
and are initiated, evaluated, and ultimately
are adopted in a fully transparent and public process. These plans and measures
are implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Please visit individual regional council websites for more information about specific programs: NPFMC; PFMC; WPFMC; NEFMC; MAFMC; SAFMC; CFMC; GMFMC.
The third Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries conference was held May, 7-9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The conference was convened by the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The conference followed up on the highly successful Managing Our Nation's Fisheries conferences held in 2003 and 2005. Full conference proceedings are being prepared for release later in 2013. Press release: Successful MONF Conference Brings Together Diverse Voices