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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 Council New England Regional Fishery Management Council Mid-Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council South Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Caribbean Regional Fishery Management Council Gulf of Mexico Regional Fishery Management Council Caribbean Regional Fishery Management Council Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

New England Mid-Atlantic South Atlantic Caribbean Gulf of Mexico Pacific Western Pacific North Pacific