States Schedule Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum II: Public Comment Accepted Until October 1
Atlantic coastal states from Maine through North Carolina have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum II to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled meetings follow:
Maine Department of Marine Resources, September 14, 2010; 6:00PM: Town of Yarmouth Log Cabin, 196 Main Street Yarmouth, Maine: Contact: Terry Stockwell at (207) 624-6553
New Hampshire Fish and Game, September 13,2010; 7:00 PM, Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, Ncw Hampshire, Contact: Doug Grout at (603) 868-1095
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, August 16, 2010; 6’00 PM, Holiday Inn, 55 Ariadne Road, Dedham, Massachusetts, Contact: Jared Silva at (617) 626-1534
Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife, August 17, 2010; 6:00 PM, URI, Narragansett Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island, Contact: Mark Gibson at (401) 423-1935
Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection, JULY 13, 2010; 7:00 PM, Fayerweather Yacht Club, 51 Brewster Street, Bridgeport,Connecticut, Contact David Simpson at (860) 434-6043, July 14, 2010; 7:00 PM, Marine Headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, Connecticut, Contact: David Simpson at (860) 434-6043
New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation, July 21, 2010; 7:00PM, Marine Resources Headquarters, 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, Ncw York, Contact: Steve Heins at (631) 444-0436
New Jersev Division of Fish and Wildlife, July 22; 7:00 PM, Toms River Township Clerk’s Office, L. Manuel Hirshblond Room, 33 Washington Street, Toms River, New Jersey, Contact: Brandon Muffley at (609) 748-2020
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, July 20,2010, Location TBD.Contact: Leroy Young at (814) 359-5177
Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, June 16, 2010; 7:30PM, Richardson and Robbins Building Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware, Contact: Craig Shirey at (302) 739-9914
Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, June 17, 2010; 7:00PM, Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, Maryland, Contact: Carrie Kennedy at (410) 260-8295
July 19, 2010; 7:00 PM, Tawes State Office Building, Cl Conf. Room, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland, Contact Carrie Kennedy at (410) 260-8295.
Virginia Marine Resources Commission, June 28,2010; 6:00 PM, 2600 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor, Newport News, Virginia, Contact: Jack Travelstead at (757) 247-2247
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. June 29, 2010, Location TBD, Contact: Michelle Duval at (252) 808-8011, July 7, 2010; 6:00 PM, NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, North Carolina, Contact: Michelle Duval at (252) 808-8011
The Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the striped bass management program: (1) an increase in the coastal commercial quota, and (2) revising the definition of recruitment failure based on Technical Committee advice. The proposal to increase the coastal commercial quota is intended to improve equality between the commercial and recreational fishery sectors. Although Amendment 6 established management programs for both fisheries based on the same target fishing mortality rate, the implementation of state-specific quotas for coastal commercial harvest (and not for recreational harvest) has prevented the commercial and recreational fisheries from responding equally to changes in striped bass population size. Since 2003, coastal commercial harvest has decreased by 3.6 percent, while recreational harvest has increased by 13.7 percent. Under the option, the Board would select a percent increase to be applied to the coastal commercial allocations assigned in Amendment 6.
The Management Board voted to include a second issue in the Draft Addendum based on intonation presented at the meeting. As part of its review of the juvenile abundance indices, the Striped Bass Technical Committee recommended to the Management Board a revision to how striped bass recruitment failure is defined. Juvenile abundance indices are an important component of the striped bass monitoring program and are used to determine periods of recruitment failure which can trigger management action under Amendment 6. Adopting the proposed recommendation would result in a fixed value to determine recruitment failure in each surveyed area rather than a value that changes from year to year. Use of either the Amendment 6 definition or the Technical Committee recommendation for recruitment failure does not result-in any necessary changes to the current management program.
Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum, either by attending public bearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addendum can be obtained via the Commission’s website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on October 1, 2010 and should be forwarded to Nichola Meserve, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at email@example.com (Subject line: Striped Bass Addendum II).
For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator at (202) 289-6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.