DEEP: ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum II to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan fo Striped Bass

DEP Marine Fisheries News

ASMFC Hearing on Draft Addendum II to the
Interstate Fishery Management Plan for
Striped Bass

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 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Striped Bass.

The Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the striped bass management program: (1) an increase in the coastal commercial quota, and (2) a revision to the definition of recruitment failure based on Technical Committee advice.

The proposal to increase the coastal commercial quota is intended to improve equality between the commercial and recreational fishery sectors. Although Amendment 6 established management programs for both fisheries based on the same target fishing mortality rate, the implementation of state-specific quotas for coastal commercial harvest (and not for recreational harvest) has prevented the commercial and recreational fisheries from responding equally to changes in striped bass population size. Since 2003, coastal commercial harvest has decreased by 3.6 percent, while recreational harvest has increased by 13.7 percent. Under the option, the Board would select a percent increase to be applied to the coastal commercial allocations assigned in Amendment 6.

The Management Board voted to include a second issue in the Draft Addendum based on information presented at the meeting. As part of its review of the juvenile abundance indices, the Striped Bass Technical Committee recommended to the Management Board a revision to how striped bass recruitment failure is defined. Juvenile abundance indices are an important component of the striped bass monitoring program and are used to determine periods of recruitment failure which can trigger management action under Amendment 6. Adopting the proposed recommendation would result in a fixed value to determine recruitment failure in each surveyed area rather than a value that changes from year to year. Use of either the Amendment 6 definition or the Technical Committee recommendation for recruitment failure does not result in any necessary changes to the current management program.

Copies of the Addendum 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 Hearings will be held at:

7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Fayerweather Yacht Club
51 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut
I-95 northbound: Exit 24, proceed to traffic circle and take first right onto Blackrock Turnpike, continue to Brewster St.
I-95 southbound: Exit 25, left onto Fairfield Ave, left onto Ellsworth St, left onto Brewster St.

7:00 PM, Wednesday, July 14, 2010
DEP Marine Headquarters
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
Take I-95 to Exit 70 to Route 156 south, turn right onto Ferry Road, follow to the end.
The Education Center located at the rear of the property.

For further information, contact the DEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at dep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, by mail at PO 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.

In conformance with the ADA, individuals with disabilities who need this information in an alternative format to allow them to benefit and/or participate in the agency’s programs and services, should call 860.424.3051 or 860.418.5937 or e-mail Marcia Z. Bonitto, ADA Coordinator, at: Marcia.Bonitto@ct.gov. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program date.

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