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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species

  • Shark Fishery Closure

    NOAA Fisheries Announces Closure of the Commercial Fisheries for Blacknose Sharks and Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks in the Atlantic Region Read More . . .

  • Proposed Rule to Implement Amendment 9

    NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of the proposed rule to implement Amendment 9 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. Read More . . .

  • Amendment 7 – Bluefin Tuna Management

    NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of the final rule for Amendment 7 to the HMS Fishery Management Plan. Read More . . .

  • 2014 SAFE Report Available

    The 2014 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Report is now available. Read More . . .

  • Draft Amendment 6: Shark Management

    NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of draft Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan Read More . . .

The Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division manages a number of fish species in U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters known as highly migratory species (HMS). These fish—tuna, sharks, swordfish, and billfish—live throughout the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico and often migrate long distances. Because these species cross domestic and international boundaries, NOAA Fisheries' HMS Management Division is responsible for managing them under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. In cooperation with an advisory panel, the division develops and implements fishery management plans for these species taking into account all domestic and international requirements under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Because these fish travel long distances, responsible management of HMS requires international cooperation through a number of agreements including the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).