DEEP: Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Recreational Black Sea Bass

Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on
Recreational Black Sea Bass
December 27, 2017
The DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is hosting a public hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Addendum XXX to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Black Sea Bass. This addendum was initiated to consider alternative regional management approaches for the recreational fishery, including options for regional allocation of the recreational harvest limit (RHL) based on historical harvest and exploitable biomass. The Draft Addendum also includes an option for coastwide management of black sea bass recreational fisheries should a regional approach not be approved for management.

The hearing will be held at:
7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
DEEP Marine Headquarters Boating Education Center (rear building)
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
The ASMFC News Release and Draft Amendment is available on the Commissionís website, under Public Input or at:
Anglers and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum XXX either by attending the public hearing or providing written comment.  Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on January 22, 2018 and should be forwarded to Caitlin Starks, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, Virginia 22201; 703.842.0741 (fax) or at (Subject line: Draft Addendum XXX).

Final action on the Amendment is scheduled to occur in early February for implementation in 2018. For more information on the amendment, please contact Caitlin Starks, at or 703.842.0740. For more information specific to the Connecticut hearing, please contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries Division by email at, 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.

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