August 25, 2015
Arlington, VA Ė The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissionís Tautog Management Board is seeking public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The PID responds to the findings of the 2015 benchmark stock assessment which, unlike previous coastwide assessments, evaluated stock status regionally to reflect differences in life history characteristics and harvest patterns. Based on its endorsed regional approach, the assessment also recommended associated biological reference points to guide management at the regional scale. Since tautog are currently managed on a coastwide basis, the Board initiated the PID to consider a new regional management approach.
This notice serves as a reminder of the upcoming fall season closure required under Addendum XVII to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissionís (Commission) American Lobster Fishery Management Plan which was approved in November 2011. The season closure is the same as 2013 and 2014 and applies to all Long Island Sound waters (LMA 6), extends from September 8 through November 28, inclusive, and applies to both recreational and commercial fisheries and all gears. Between those dates possession of lobsters taken from LMA 6 or from traps with LMA 6 trap tags is prohibited.
July 24, 2015
The department estimates that 100% of the annual commercial harvest limit of black sea bass has been landed as of July 22, 2015. Effective 12:01am Monday, July 27, 2015, the commercial possession and landing of black sea bass is prohibited. Until that time, the possession and landing limit will remain at 10 fish for all gear types.