An overage in the black sea bass fishery in the mid-Atlantic triggered this action, but it developed into an in-depth look at all recreational fisheries in that area. If ultimately approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the MAFMC recommendations would adapt the system of Accountability Measures to the existence of uncertain catch estimates and management controls associated with recreational fisheries. Under the new amendment, a management response (i.e., reactive AM) would be activated when the lower confidence limit or lower end of the range, rather than the point estimate, of recreational catch exceeds the Annual Catch Limit. If this condition is met, paybacks would be required in certain cases, such as when the stock is overfished (below a certain threshold) or when both the overfishing limit has been exceeded and the stock has fallen below a certain level. If those conditions are not met, accountability measures would consist of adjustments to the bag limit, size limit, and season to prevent future overages. In other words, this would incorporate flexibility under the existing Magnuson-Stevens Act.