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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species

  • Draft Amendment 10: Essential Fish Habitat

    NOAA Fisheries Announces the Availability of Draft Amendment 10 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan: Essential Fish Habitat. Read More . . .

  • Notice for PLL Closed Area Research

    NOAA Fisheries announces receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit to conduct research in the northern portion of the East Florida Coast Pelagic Longline Closed Area. The draft Environmental Assessment is also available. Read More . . .

  • U.S. Coast Guard Inspection Reminder

    NOAA Fisheries reminds commercial HMS permit holders of U.S. Coast Guard Safety examination requirements Read More . . .

  • 2016 SAFE Report

    NOAA Fisheries announces the availability 2016 Stock Assessment and Fisheries Evaluation Report for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Read More . . .

  • Final Amendment 5b Dusky Sharks

    NOAA Fisheries Announces the final rule for Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated 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).