The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources within the federal 200-mile limit of the Atlantic off the coasts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. 

The Mid-Atlantic Council is made up of 21 voting members and four non-voting members:

  • Seven of the voting members represent the constituent states' fish and wildlife agencies;
  • Thirteen voting members are private citizens who are knowledgeable about recreational fishing, commercial fishing, or marine conservation; and
  • four non-voting members represent the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Managed Fisheries

The Mid-Atlantic Council develops fishery management plans and management measures (such as fishing seasons, quotas, and closed areas) for thirteen species of fish and shellfish. Several of these species are managed under multi-species fishery management plans because they are found in the same geographic region or have similar life histories.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Plans:


  • Mail: 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901 
  • Phone: (302) 674-2331
  • Toll-Free: (877) 446-2362
  • Fax: (302) 674-5399
  • Press Contact: Mary Clark,, (302) 526-5261

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