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.  As part of Amendment 4, the bigeye rebuilding plan was moved to Appendix J.  If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl, phone: (503) 820-2422 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 422.

Download the Current HMS FMP (April 24, 2018)


  • Appendix A: Description of the Fisheries (Appendix A 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
  • Appendix I: Draft Proposed Regulations
  • Appendix J: Bigeye Rebuilding Plan

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)
  • Amendment 4 (Housekeeping)
  • Amendment 5 (California large mesh drift gillnet fishery)