DEEP: ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog (Blackfish)

ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog (Blackfish)

June 22, 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 V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Tautog (Blackfish). The Draft Addendum addresses two issues related to implementation of Addendum IV.

First, it proposes to allow states to develop management proposals to meet the target fishing mortality rate by reducing harvest in both the commercial and recreational fisheries. This is in contrast to recently approved Addendum IV which requires that states meet the target fishing mortality by reducing their overall harvest (recreational and commercial combined) solely through harvest reductions in the recreational sector, which coastwide comprises 90% of the harvest.

Second, it proposes granting North Carolina de minimis status and exempting them from the requirements of the FMP. Historically North Carolina has contributed less than 1% to the annual coastwide harvest of tautog.

Copies of Draft Addendum V 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, July 11, 2007
Clinton Town Hall, Rose Room
54 East Main Street (Route 1)
Clinton, CT 06413

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 27, 2007 and must be forwarded to Chris Vonderweidt, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, at 1444 ‘Eye’ Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (fax) or cvonderweidt@asmfc.org (Subject line: Addendum V). For more information, please contact Chris Vonderweidt at (202) 289-6400 or the DEP Marine Fisheries Division at (860) 434-6043.   (N07-18)

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