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Old 10-22-2004, 11:31 AM
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Hearing on scup, black sea bass, summer flounder

ASMFC HEARING ON ADDENDA XV & XVI TO SUMMER FLOUNDER, SCUP, AND BLACK SEA BASS FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN


Massachusetts to host hearing on October 28, 2004



On Thursday, October 28th MarineFisheries will host a public hearing to discuss Addenda XV & XVI to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Massachusetts meeting will take place at 7PM on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at the Forestdale School (151 Route 130, Forestdale, MA). For further information on the meeting contact Melanie Griffin at (617) 626-1528. Below is the ASMFC press release detailing Addenda XV & XVI.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: Tina Berger
October 14, 2004 (202) 289-6400

States Approve Addendum XV and XVI for Public Comment
Addenda Propose Changes to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass FMP

Ronkonkoma, NY Ė The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has approved Draft Addenda XV and XVI to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Plan for public review and comment. Atlantic coastal states from Massachusetts through North Carolina will hold hearings in late October/early November to gather input from their constituencies (see list of hearings below).

Draft Addendum XV proposes to establish an allocation program for the increase of approximately 1.3 million pounds in the 2005 commercial summer flounder fishery. The Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board approved the increase in total allowable landings in August. This September, industry members met to identify options for inclusion in the Draft Addendum. Two industry members from each state, Massachusetts to North Carolina, participated in a workshop. The options in the Draft Addendum are inten5ded to address 2005, or 2005 and 2006 fishing years only.

Draft Addendum XVI presents options to address the impacts of delayed implementation of fishery management measures for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass. The Draft Addendum presents a suite of management options, including commercial and recreational measures, and notification periods for the Commission and the states. These options aim to discourage delayed state implementation by requiring the "pay back" of the benefits that a state gained as a result of late compliance with an interstate fisher5y management plan.

The Board will meet to review public comment and take final action on the Addenda on November 8, 2004 in New Hampshire. States will be responsible for the timely implementation of all approved addenda, consistent with the schedule developed by the Board.

The Board and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to initiate the development of Amendment 14 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass FMP. The Amendment will comprehensively address all aspects of the summer flounder fishery, including the issue of allocation between the commercial and recreational sectors. Since the latter issue will be thoroughly addressed during the development of Amendment 14, the Board and Council will recommend to the National Marine Fisheries Service that it d5eny United Boatmen's and Recreational Fishing Alliance's petition for a 50% share of the TALs of summer flounder for the recreational sector.

The Commission and Council jointly manage summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass, meeting annually to establish commercial quotas and recreational harvest limits. The Commissionís actions regarding Addenda XV and XVI are taken exclusively under the statesí management authority, while Amendment 14 has been initiated in concert with the Council.

Both Addenda can be obtained via the Commissionís website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission office at (202) 289-6400. Public comment will be accepted until November 4. Comments should be forwarded to Toni Kerns, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202)289-6051 or
comments@asmfc.org (subject line: Addendum XV or Addendum XVI). For more information, please contact Toni Kerns at (202) 289-6400, ext. 330 or tkerns@asmfc.org.


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