UPDATE 4/5/20: The April 4-10 Council and Advisory Body meetings are now streaming live due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Council actions

There are two main types of Council actions: changes to the Council’s fishery management plans (FMPs) and changes to Federal regulations that implement measures in these FMPs. We call the first an FMP amendment and the second a regulatory amendment.

Learn about FMP and regulatory amendments on the fishery management plan and amendments page for each FMP:

Actions the Council takes through established management cycles may be found on the current season management page for each FMP. These actions are completed in established management cycles according to a set schedule. Council Operating Procedure 9 describes these cycles.

This site distinguishes between in-progress and implemented actions. In-progress actions are either in development by the Council or have been transmitted to National Marine Fisheries Service to be implemented. “Completed” actions have been implemented through the approval of an FMP amendment or a change to regulations.