Atlantic Salmon Plan Overview

The Atlantic Salmon Fishery Management Plan was implemented by the National Marine Fisheries Service on March 17, 1988, establishing explicit U.S. management authority over all Atlantic salmon of U.S. origin. Its purpose was to complement state salmon management programs in coastal and inland waters and federal management authority over salmon on the high seas, a designation conferred on the U.S. as a signatory nation to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO). The plan prohibits the possession of Atlantic salmon and any directed or incidental (bycatch) commercial fishery for Atlantic salmon in federal waters and strengthens the efforts of local groups, such as the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Commission and others, that are working towards the restoration of salmon stocks in New England river systems.

Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no upcoming meetings for Atlantic Salmon

Past Meetings

There are currently no past meetings for Atlantic Salmon

Plan Amendments, Frameworks, and Specifications

Plan Amendments

June 30, 2015
This action establishes standards of precision for bycatch estimation for all Northeast Region fisheries.
April 9, 2018
This action implements approved regulations for the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment 2. This rule revises essential fish habitat and habitat area of particular concern designations, revises or creates habitat management areas, including gear restrictions, to protect vulnerable habitat from fishing gear impacts, establishes dedicated habitat research areas, and implements several administrative measures related to reviewing these measures, as well as other regulatory adjustments to implement these measures. This action is necessary to comply with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to periodically review essential fish habitat designations and protections. The measures are designed to minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on essential fish habitat.
February 27, 2008

Framework Adjustments/Specifications

There are currently no framework adjustments or specifications for Atlantic Salmon