DEEP: ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum XIX to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass

ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum XIX to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass

June 4, 2007

The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to take public comment on Draft Addendum XIX to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass. The Draft Addendum addresses three programs under the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP). These are the black sea bass commercial management strategy, the summer flounder recreational allocation strategy, and the stock status determination criteria for summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass.

Copies of Draft Addendum XIX can be obtained via the Commission’s website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400.

The Connecticut Hearing will be held at:

7:00 PM, Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Clinton Town Hall, Rose Room
54 East Main Street (Route 1)
Clinton, CT 06413

For Black Sea Bass, the Draft Addendum presents options to extend the current state-by-state quota allocation system by two years, five years, ten years or indefinitely. If no action is taken, the system will revert back to the coastwide quarterly quota allocation system.

For Summer Flounder, the Draft Addendum proposes modifying the present system of conservation equivalency to allow for the formation of alternative state-by-state shares in the recreational fishery. The current state allocations are based on the proportion of state landings to coastwide landings of summer flounder in 1998.

For stock status determination, the Addendum proposes allowing the Board and Council to adjust biological reference points during the species’ annual specification setting process in lieu of the more protracted addendum/amendment process currently required. Reference points are used to determine whether or not any of the FMP's stocks are overfished or experiencing overfishing.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the draft addendum either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM on July 11, 2007 and should be forwarded to Toni Kerns, Senior Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator for Management, at 1444 ‘Eye’ Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (fax) or tkerns@asmfc.org (Subject line: Addendum XIX). For more information, please contact Toni Kerns at (202) 289-6400 or tkerns@asmfc.org or the DEP Marine Fisheries Division at (860) 434-6043.  (N07-17)