DEEP: ASMFC Hearing of Draft Addendum II to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel

ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum II to the

 Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel

September 15, 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 Addendum II the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel.

The Draft Addendum proposes a number of management options to facilitate an increase in the number of adult American eel (silver eels) that are able to out-migrate to the ocean to spawn. Management options include gear and size restrictions, seasonal closures, and recommendations to protect the upstream and downstream migration of American eel.

The Addendum was initiated to address continued concern for the American eel population. While the status of the stock is uncertain, the latest stock assessment information indicates the abundance of yellow eel (a juvenile life-stage of the American eel) has declined in the last two decades and the stock is at or near low levels. Further, relative abundance is likely to continue to decline unless mortality decreases and/or recruitment increases. As such, the primary management objective of the Draft Addendum is to facilitate escapement of silver eel on their spawning migration with the intent of halting any further declines in juvenile recruitment and eel abundance.

Copies of the addendum can be obtained via the Commission’s website 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, September 24, 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 addendum either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM on October 16, 2008 and must be forwarded to Kate Taylor, 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 Eel). For more information, please contact Kate Taylor 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.  (N08-22)

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