DEEP: ASMFC Hearing of the Shad Public Information Document

 

ASMFC Hearing on
the Shad Public Information Document

June 2, 2008

The DEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to take public comment on the Shad Public Information Document (PID).

As the first step in the development of an amendment, the PID presents a broad overview of the factors affecting American shad. It provides the public with the opportunity to tell the Commission about changes observed in the fishery; things that should or should not be done in terms of management, regulation, enforcement, research, development, and enhancement; and any other concerns about the resource or the fishery.

The PID and subsequent amendment are being developed in response to the findings of the 2007 benchmark stock assessment for American shad, which indicates that American shad stocks are currently at all-time lows and do not appear to be recovering. Specific issues addressed in the PID are (1) incorporating the biological reference points and stock restoration goals identified in the 2007 benchmark stock assessment; (2) not increasing directed fisheries for American shad; and (3) restricting fisheries operating on stocks where total mortality is increasing and relative abundance is decreasing. The PID has been developed to address these issues by seeking public comment on the restoration of American shad fisheries and American shad fisheries management.

Following the initial phase of information-gathering and public comment, the Commission will evaluate potential management alternatives and develop a draft amendment for public review. Following that review and public comment, the Commission will specify the management measures to be included in the final amendment. A tentative schedule for the completion of Amendment 3 is included in PID.

Copies of the PID 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, Tuesday, June 17, 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 PID either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM on July 25, 2008 and should be forwarded to Erika Robbins, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, at 1444 ‘Eye’ Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005, 202.289.6051 (fax) or comments@asmfc.org (subject line: American Shad). For more information, please contact Erika Robbins 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.  (N08-14)

The DEP is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  In conformance with the ADA, individuals with disabilities who need information in an alternative format, to allow them to benefit and/or participate in the agency's programs and services, should call TDD 860.424.3000 and make their request to the receptionist.  Requests for accommodation to attend meetings and/or educational programs, sponsored by the DEP, must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.  These requests may be made directly to Marcia Z. Bonitto, ADA Coordinator via e-mail:  Marcia.Bonitto@ct.gov.