States Schedule Hearings on Striped Bass Commercial Increase: Public Comment Accepted Until Oct 1

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 nmeserve@asmfc.org (Subject line: Striped Bass Addendum II).

 For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator at (202) 289-6400 or nmeserve@asmfc.org.

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After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola College in Maryland, Captain John McMurray served in the US Coast Guard for four years as a small-boat coxswain and marine-fisheries law enforcement officer. He was then recruited to become the first Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation Association New York. He is currently the Director of Grants Programs at the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in New York. He is the owner and primary operator of “One More Cast” Charters. John is a well known and well published outdoor writer, specializing in fisheries conservation issues. In 2006 John was awarded the Coastal Conservation Association New York Friend of Fisheries Conservation Award.

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2 comments on “States Schedule Hearings on Striped Bass Commercial Increase: Public Comment Accepted Until Oct 1
  1. avatar Bill Hubbard says:

    John,
    Thanks for posting this schedule of the public hearings on Addendum 2. Even with a two month lead time, I doubt very much that we can get good turn outs in the states where we need them to kill the commercial increase. I’ll probably go to the North Carolina hearing.

    Unfortunately, I see the average Striper fisherman as not interested enough to get involved. I hope I’m wrong but, I don’t think so from everything I’ve heard since the commission voted to hold hearings on Addendum II.

  2. As an avid sport fisher with close business ties to the commercial fishery on the west coast, my suggestion is a coast wide slot limit. This slot limit should be set by qualified biologists. The slot limit should be common to both fisheries. This would insure large female fish remain in the system to provide recruitment fish. This will also insure acceptable take limits to both sport and commercial fishermen.
    In addition the trophy Striped bass available for catch and release will enhance the economic viability of this fishery. The impact of this will be felt from boat builders to marinas to hotels and restaurants to fuel dock to fishing licenses etc. Plenty of big fish is key both to a viable population and interest in fishing. .
    The east coast striped bass fishery is renown worldwide. Anything that can be done to insure that trophy bass are profuse and available to catch and release fishermen will only enhance local economies. Artificial baits barbless regulations will do wonders for this fishery as it has done for many others. This takes pressure off forage fish, fisheries and encourages lure/gear manufacturing jobs at the same time.
    A critical aspect of your studies should include the economic implications of new regulations including but not limited to the commercial fishing industry.
    The premise of the forum you have begun is well thought out in that both commercial and sport fisheries must be considered. Equality between these two fisheries is the ideal balancing point. However increased enforcement will be required to maintain the balance and health of both the commercial and sport fisheries.
    In my experience the imbalance of takes between these fisheries result in abrasion between two groups that want the same thing. More fish and bigger fish. The sports want bigger fish and the Commercial guys want more weight not necessarily bigger fish.
    As a regulating committee you can promote the sport fishery by encouraging catch and release. To encourage the commercial fishery you can allow more, smaller fish taken for sale.
    The devil is in the details but I am certain a balance between the two fisheries can be found. This will also greatly enhance the economic impacts of fishing in general.

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