MAFMC Strategic Plan

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Development

At the October 2019 Council Meeting the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved a Draft 2020-2024 Strategic Plan for public review and comment. The plan includes updated vision and mission statements and proposes five major goals to guide the Council’s activities and management priorities for the next five years. Development of the plan was informed by public input provided through a survey and outreach meetings in early 2019.

Draft Strategic Plan Public Input Webinars

The Council will hold two public input webinars during which participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer public comments on the draft strategic plan. The webinars will be held on the following dates:

  1. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

  2. Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

To join the webinars, go to: Meeting audio can also be accessed via telephone by dialing 1-800-832-0736 and entering room number 2122298.

Submit Written Comments

Written comments may also be submitted by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at

  2. EMAIL to

  3. MAIL to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901

  4. FAX to 302.674.5399

Please include “Strategic Plan Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting comments by mail.

Comments must be submitted by Friday, November 15, 11:59 EST. The Council will review public comments and approve the final plan at its December meeting in Annapolis, MD.

2019 Stakeholder Input Report

In early 2019, the Council solicited feedback from stakeholders on how the Council has performed under its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and what should be included in the next strategic plan. Comments were provided through an online survey, AP and SSC meetings, public input sessions, and management partner discussions. The results of this data-gathering effort are summarized in the Stakeholder Input Report linked below. The Council reviewed this report at the June 2019 Meeting.


If you have questions, please contact Michelle Duval at or 919-601-3798.

2014-2018 Strategic Plan

In August 2013 the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved its first-ever strategic plan. The plan maps out a series of goals and strategies that will guide the Council's management activities from 2014 through 2018. After initiating the strategic planning effort in 2010, the Council spent nearly a year collecting and analyzing input from stakeholders throughout the Northeast region. More than 1,500 individuals provided input and ideas for the plan through online surveys, position letters, and roundtable meetings with Council members and staff. The plan is organized around four priority areas: Communication, Governance, Science, and Management. Each section includes a single goal with a series of objectives and strategies. In total, the plan includes 18 objectives and 78 strategies.


Healthy and productive marine ecosystems supporting thriving, sustainable marine fisheries that provide the greatest overall benefit to stakeholders.


The Council manages marine fisheries in federal waters of the Mid-Atlantic region for their long-term sustainability and productivity consistent with the National Standards of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Council is committed to the effective stewardship of these fisheries and associated habitats by incorporating scientific information and informed public input in transparent processes that produce fishery management plans and programs.

Core Values

Core values are the traits or qualities that represent an individual’s or organization’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core, fundamental driving forces.

The Council's core values include:

  1. Stewardship

  2. Integrity

  3. Effectiveness

  4. Fairness

  5. Competence

  6. Clear Communication

Strategic Goals


Engage, inform, and educate stakeholders to promote public awareness and encourage constructive participation in the Council process


Ensure that the Council’s management decisions are based on timely and accurate scientific data that are analyzed and modeled in a manner that improves management performance and build stakeholder confidence


Develop fishery management strategies that provide for productive, sustainable fisheries.


Ensure that the Council's governance structures and practices fairly represent stakeholder interests, are coordinated with the Council' management partners, and include a clear and well-defined decision-making process.