DEEP: Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing

Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing

June 6, 2014

ASMFC AMERICAN EEL MANAGEMENT – DRAFT ADDENDUM IV

CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Draft Addendum IV to the American Eel Fishery Management Plan on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Dinosaur State Park beginning at 7 PM.

The draft Addendum proposes a wide range of management options with the goal of reducing mortality and increasing the conservation of American eel stocks across all life stages. Specific management options focus on the commercial (glass, yellow, and silver eel life stages) American eel fisheries. Draft Addendum IV is the second management document to respond to the findings of the 2012 benchmark stock assessment indicating the American eel population in U.S. waters is depleted.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum IV by attending the public hearing hosted by Marine Fisheries or providing written comments.

PUBLIC HEARING
June 24, 2014; 7 PM
Dinosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Contact: David Simpson at 860.434.6043.

Directions: Exit 23 off I-91 in Rocky Hill. Follow the park signs east on West Street for approximately 1 mile. The park is directly off West Street. Watch for signs and a large geodesic dome.

The Draft Addendum is available on the Commission website (www.asmfc.org) under Public Input, by contacting Marine Fisheries at 860.434.6043 or the Commission at 703.842.0740.

Link: www.asmfc.org/AmericanEelDraftAddIV_PublicComment_May2014.pdf  

The public comment deadline is 11:59 PM (EST) on July 17, 2014. Comments must be submitted to Kate Taylor, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: American Eel). Final action on the Addendum is scheduled to occur in August. For more information, please contact Kate Taylor at ktaylor@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any person with a disability who may need information in an alternative format may contact the agency's ADA Coordinator at 860-424-3194, or at deep.hrmed@ct.gov. Any person with limited proficiency in English, who may need information in another language, may contact the agency's Title VI Coordinator at 860-424-3035, or at deep.aaoffice@ct.gov. Any person with a hearing impairment may call the State of Connecticut relay number - 711. Discrimination complaints may be filed with DEEP's Title VI Coordinator. Requests for accommodations must be made at least two weeks prior to any agency hearing, program or event.

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