The MSA includes requirements on the Secretary to create and produce research plans for the FMP’s. Every three years the Secretary must develop and publish in the Federal Register a strategic plan for fisheries research for the following 5 years.
The plan must:
(1) identify and describe a comprehensive program with a limited number of priority objectives for research
(2) indicate goals and timetables for the program
(3) provide a role for commercial fishermen in such research, including involvement in field testing;