Highly migratory species
“Highly migratory species” include tuna, some shark species, and billfish—species that range widely through the ocean, often crossing international borders. These pelagic species live in the water of the open ocean, although they may spend part of their life cycle in nearshore waters.
Highly migratory species are harvested by U.S. commercial and recreational fishers and by foreign fishing fleets. Only a small fraction of the total harvest is taken within U.S. waters.
News & updates
- Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and HMS Management Team to hold webinar February 26, 2020
- NMFS publishes final rule and requests comments; protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery
- NMFS publishes proposed rule: 2020 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement
- Exempted Fishing Permit applications for 2020
Current Council Meeting
This meeting will be conducted by Webinar Only
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