Highly Migratory Species: Fishery Management Plan and Amendments

HMS Fishery Management Plan

The following Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) was originally published combined with the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) in August 2003. NMFS partially approved the FMP in February 2004. Amendment 1, which addresses bigeye tuna overfishing, also reorganized the FMP to excerpt elements specific to the FMP, as adopted and approved. Descriptive material in the original combined FMP/DEIS has been moved to a series of appendices. Amendment 2, approved in 2011, made FMP provisions (principally in Chapters 3-5) consistent with the revised National Standard 1 Guidelines (50 CFR 600.310) adopted pursuant to the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006. Amendment 3, adopted in 2015, added a suite of lower trophic level species to the FMP’s list of ecosystem component (EC) species. Consistent with the objectives of the Council’s FMPs and its Fishery Ecosystem Plan, Amendment 3 prohibits future development of directed commercial fisheries for the suite of EC species shared between all four FMPs (“Shared EC Species”) until and unless the Council has had an adequate opportunity to both assess the scientific information relating to any proposed directed fishery and consider potential impacts to existing fisheries, fishing communities, and the greater marine ecosystem.If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl, phone: (503) 820-2422 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 422 .

CURRENT HMS FMP (March 2016)

Download the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species, as amended Through Amendment 3 (March 2016)

  • Appendix A: Description of the Fisheries, part 1: text and tables
  • Appendix A: Description of the Fisheries, part 2: figures
  • Appendix B: Status of the Management Unit Stocks at the Time of FMP Adoption
  • Appendix C: Bycatch in HMS Fisheries
  • Appendix D: Interactions of HMS Fishing Gears with Protected Species
  • Appendix E: Management Regime at the Time of FMP Adoption
  • Appendix F: U.S. West Coast Highly Migratory Species Life History Accounts and Essential Fish Habitat
  • Appendix G: Status of Affected Species and Critical Habitat in the Area of HMS Fisheries
  • Appendix H: Costs Involved in Managing Highly Migratory Species

HMS FMP FEIS August 2003 (For Reference Purposes)

Download the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species, Final Environmental Impact Statement (August 2003)

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NMFS actions related to FMP implementation

  • April 7, 2004: Final rule to establish a number of conservation and management measures for the fisheries managed under the HMS FMP.
  • March 11, 2004: Final rule to prohibit shallow longline sets targeting swordfish east of 150° W longitude by vessels managed under the HMS FMP.
  • February 4, 2004: NMFS partially approves the FMP. (View the approval letter.)

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HMS Fishery Management Plan Amendments

Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (Reorganization of the FMP and bigeye tuna rebuilding plan)

Amendment 2 (Made the HMS FMP consistent with advisory guidelines for National Standard 1)

Amendment 3 (Forage fish protections)

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HMS Fishery Management Plan Amendments In Progress

No Plan amendments are currently in development

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