NOAA Fisheries has a unique and rich history of working in partnership with stakeholders, academia, conservation organizations, states and tribes to manage living marine resources. From collaborating with commercial and recreational fishermen for the collection of biological data, to coordinating science and management strategies with regional and state interests, NOAA Fisheries relies on a diverse array of partnerships to rebuild, sustain and protect our nation's living marine resources. Some of our most prominent partners are the eight regional fishery management councils listed below. We invite you to visit their web sites.
Regional Fishery Management Councils
The fishery management council system was established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act by Congress in 1976 (originally called the Fishery Conservation and Management Act) for the purpose of managing fisheries in a newly recognized exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between 3 and 200 miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The eight regional fishery management councils are decision-making bodies and develop and recommend specific management measures in the form of fishery management plans, subject to approval and implementation by NOAA Fisheries.
Additionally, the 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 established a Council Coordination Committee (CCC) consisting of the chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors of each of the 8 Councils to discuss issues of relevance to all Councils, including issues related to the implementation of this Act.
Fishery Management Council Support - The Office of Sustainable Fisheries (SF) provides oversight and support for Council operations and administration through the development of national policies, guidance and regulations. In addition, SF provides oversight of the procedures and policies governing the nomination and appointment of Council members, processes all documentation as a basis for Secretarial appointment decisions, trains newly appointed Council members, and meets approximately twice each year with the Council Coordination Committee.