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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species

  • Amendment 7 – Bluefin Tuna Management

    Proposed rule to implement Amendment 7, which includes a variety of management measures to ensure sustainable management of Atlantic bluefin tuna fisheries. Read More . . .

  • Atlantic HMS Compliance Guides

    Download our compliance guides for plain-language summaries of how to comply with HMS regulations for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Read More . . .

  • Keep Up to Date on Stock Status

    Explore the latest Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report. Read More . . .

  • Atlantic HMS Advisory Panel Meeting

    On April 3-4, 2014, NOAA Fisheries held a meeting of the Atlantic HMS Advisory Panel. 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 are on the move, the 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).