DEEP: ASMFC Hearing on Draft Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for River Herring

ASMFC Hearing on Draft Amendment 2 to the

 Interstate Fishery Management Plan for River Herring

November 3, 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 Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for River Herring.

The Draft Amendment has been developed in response to widespread concern regarding the decline of river herring stocks. The Amendment proposes a suite of management measures to address these concerns and ensure the survival and enhancement of depressed stocks or the maintenance of presently stable stocks. The Draft Amendment proposes mandatory data and bycatch monitoring provisions, as well as options to close fisheries by river system or establish a coastwide moratorium on the river herring fishery.  Specific commercial measures include area closures, escapement provisions, and landings reductions by river systems, as well as limited access. Recreational measures include recreational license/permit, limiting recreational harvest by the days of the week, coastwide creel limit, gear restrictions, and area or seasonal closures by river system.

Reminder: The fishery for anadromous river herring (blueback and alewife) has been closed in Connecticut since 2002.

Copies of the amendment 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, Thursday, November 6, 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 amendment either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. Public comment will be accepted until 5 pm on January 1, 2009 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: River Herring). 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.  (N08-27)

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.