The Deep-Sea Coral Amendment includes management areas to protect coral habitat from the impacts of fishing gears, provisions to encourage further research on deep-sea corals and fisheries, and measures to facilitate future updates to coral management approaches. The Council identified final preferred alternatives at its January 2018 meeting, and the amendment document and Environmental Assessment (EA) are currently being finalized for submission to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS, NOAA Fisheries).

Draft Documents

NOAA report - The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States
Public Hearing Meeting Notice - Revised
Public Hearing Document
Public Hearing Presentation
Deep-Sea Coral Amendment – updated December 12, 2017
Memorandum of Understanding with MAFMC and SAFMC
Mid-Atlantic Deep-Sea Coral Amendment (Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Amendment 16)
Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument declaration
2014 NMFS Guidance on protections of corals under MSA §403(b) discretionary authority
To see the coral zones on a map with other data sets, go to http://www.northeastoceandata.org/data-explorer/, and select ‘Commercial Fishing’, and then ‘Draft Alternative Management Areas’.