DEEP: ASMFC Hearing of Draft Addenda XII & XIII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Mangement Plan for American Lobster

ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addenda XII & XIII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster

March 5, 2008

The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to take public comment on draft Addenda XII and XIII to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster.

The Draft Addenda contain provisions to ensure that the various LCMA-specific effort control plans remain cohesive and viable, and that one jurisdiction’s interpretation of its effort control plan does not undermine the implementation of another jurisdiction’s plan.

Draft Addendum XII proposes to do three things. First, it would seek to clarify certain principles present in the Commission’s overall history-based trap allocation effort control plan. Second, it would reconsider the Commission’s most restrictive rule as stated in Addendum IV. Third, it would establish further management measures to ensure that history-based trap allocation effort control plans in the various LCMAs would be implemented without undermining resource conservation efforts of neighboring jurisdictions or LCMAs. The goal of the draft addendum is to provide for fair and consistent implementation of individual trap transferable (ITT) programs that allow for flexibility to the fishery, meet the conservation objectives of the plan, and ensure that effort does not increase as a result of trap transfers.

Draft Addendum XIII proposes to formalize, through the Commission’s lobster management program, the Outer Cape Cod’s effort control plan as adopted and implemented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Copies of the addenda 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, March 19, 2008
DEP Marine Headquarters
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
I-95, Exit 70, Route 156 south to Ferry Road
in the Education Center located at the rear of the property

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the addenda either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM on April 11, 2008 and must be forwarded to Toni Kerns, Senior Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, at 1444 ‘Eye’ Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005, 202.289.6051 (fax) or comments@asmfc.org (subject line: Draft Lobster Addenda). For more information, please contact Toni Kerns at 202.289.6400. For directions to the hearing contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or by telephone at 860.434.6043 between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. (N08-07)

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