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Regional Fishery Management Councils

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) created eight regional fishery management councils (councils) responsible for the fisheries that require conservation and management in their region. The councils are composed of both voting and non-voting members representing the commercial and recreational fishing sectors in addition to environmental, academic, and government interests. Under the MSA, councils are required to:

The Office of Sustainable Fisheries supports the councils by conducting the annual nomination and appointment process, training new members, and facilitating periodic meetings of the Council Coordination Committee.


North Pacific Regional Fishery Management CouncilNew England Regional Fishery Management CouncilMid-Atlantic Regional Fishery Management CouncilWestern Pacific Regional Fishery Management CouncilSouth Atlantic Regional Fishery Management CouncilCaribbean Regional Fishery Management CouncilGulf of Mexico Regional Fishery Management CouncilCaribbean Regional Fishery Management CouncilPacific Regional Fishery Management Council

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