What do the councils do?
For each fishery under their authority that requires conservation and management, councils:
Prepare and submit to the Secretary a fishery management plan, and amendments that are necessary from time to time
Conduct public hearings so as to allow all interested persons an opportunity to be heard
Develop annual catch limits for each of its managed fisheries that may not exceed the fishing level recommendations of its scientific and statistical committee
Develop multi-year research priorities for fisheries, fisheries interactions, habitats, and other areas of research
National Fishery Program - Councils