Guiding Documents

Strategic Plan

This plan outlines the Commission and the Program's goals and strategies for implementation of its data collection and management standards for commercial, for-hire, and recreational fisheries for the five year period of 2019-2023.

Current document(s):

2019-2023 Strategic Plan ( PDF) 

Other relevant document(s):

ACCSP 2014-2018 Strategic Plan (PDF) 

ACCSP 2008-2012 Strategic Plan (PDF)

ACCSP 2002-2006 Strategic Plan (PDF)

Annual Reports

Distributed annually, the ASMFC annual report to the Congress of the United States and to the Governors and Legislators of the Fifteen Compacting States includes an overview of the ACCSP successes and highlights from the past year. ACCSP produced program-specific annual reports from 2008-2017.  

Current relevant document(s):


Other relevant document(s):

2019| 2018| 2017 |2016 |2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 20092008

Twenty Years in Review 

First Ten Year Report

Action Plan

Created every year, this document gives constituents an overview of the goals for the current year that the ACCSP and ASMFC would like to accomplish to ensure the management of the Atlantic Coast. 

Current relevant document(s):

2021 Action Plan (PDF) 


Download the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to view the agreement set between program partners to design and implement a cooperative state-federal marine and coastal fisheries statistics program.

MOU October 1995 | Addendum, May 1999 | Addendum, November 2002

Outreach Strategic Plan

The Program's outreach campaign consistently targets those with the greatest interest in fisheries data: fisheries managers, stock assessment scientists, social and economic scientists, commercial and recreational fishermen, non-governmental organizations, legislators and media. From 2019 forward, ACCSP outreach strategic planning is include in ASMFC outreach. 

Other relevant document(s):

2014-2018 Outreach Strategic Plan

Program Reviews

Download the final report of the Independent Program Review (IPR) of 2012 here. In 2011, a work group was formed to design a process for an independent program review. This process consisted of interviews and surveys conducted by Touchstone, Inc. in the summer of 2012, a workshop in the fall of 2012 to review specific white papers, and culminated with a report by four independent reviewers.

In August 2013 a response document to the IPR report was approved by the Coordinating Council. That response document can be downloaded here.

Other relevant document(s):

2006 External Peer Review Final Report

August 2005 Coordinating Council Executive Summary

Program Calendar

The fiscal year calendar provides dates and locations for both ACCSP committee meetings and additional meetings or conferences that may be of interest to our partners. ACCSP's funding cycle milestones are also provided. This calendar is produced at the beginning of the fiscal year and is subject to change. Visit the digital website calendar for the most up-to-date information. FY 2021