DEEP: ASMFC Hearing on Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Plan Amendments XIV and XV

Notice To Fishermen

ASMFC Hearing On Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Plan Amendments XIV and XV

The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissionís (ASMFC) Public Information Document (PID) concerning Amendments XIV and XV. The PID is part of the development of the two amendments under the Commission process in coordination with the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, which is responsible for developing management plans in federal waters. The Amendment XIV portion of the PID addresses the rebuilding schedule for scup and may include fishing mortality rate thresholds and biological reference points. The Amendment XV portion addresses a broad range of issues concerning summer flounder, scup and black sea bass fisheries. These include management strategies for allocating commercial and recreational quotas, identifying ways to quantify and reduce discards, expanding data collection requirements, and addressing rollover of unused quotas to both commercial and recreational fisheries. Following this first round of public scoping meetings and input, development of the draft amendments will continue on different schedules.

The PID can be obtained via the Commissionís website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400 or the Marine Fisheries Division at (860) 434-6043.

The Connecticut hearing will be held at:

7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 11, 2006
DEP Marine Headquarters (Boating Education Center)
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
I-95, Exit 70, to Route 156, south to Ferry Road in the
Boating Education Center located at the rear of the property

The public is encouraged to provide input on this document by attending the public hearing or providing written comments. Written comments will be accepted at the hearing or until 5:00 PM on April 21, 2006. Please send written comments to Toni Kerns, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at 1444 Eye St, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; fax (202) 289-6051 or tkerns@asmfc.org .