DEEP: Notice of Public Hearing

Notice of Public Meeting
February 14, 2017
Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishery Measures

The CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Program is holding a Public Meeting to get input on 2017 management options to comply with the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) / Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) fishery management plans for summer flounder and black sea bass.

The meeting will be held at:

7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 22, 2017
CT DEEP Marine Headquarters
Boating Education Center (rear building)
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme CT
Summer Flounder
In August 2016, the ASMFC Board and MAFMC approved an approximate 30% reduction in catch limits for both the commercial and recreational fisheries in response to the 2016 stock assessment update, which indicated the resource is experiencing overfishing but is not overfished. In order to not exceed the reduced 2017 RHL, a 41% reduction relative to the 2016 preliminary harvest estimates is needed. To achieve the reduction, the Addendum implements a one inch increase in size limit from 2016 measures for all regions with the exception of North Carolina. Additionally, states in the northern region, which includes Connecticut, will in all likelihood be required to constrain their possession limits to 3 fish or less, but will be able to maintain 2016 season lengths.
Black Sea Bass
Despite a 52% increase in quota from 2016, the magnitude of recreational harvest last year dictates that states in the northeast (MA-NJ) adopt measures that are expected to reduce harvest by 8% form 2016. When the MAFMC and ASMFC Management Board meet jointly on February 15th, it is expected that they will approve a management approach for 2017 that uses the same regions as 2016 (CT-NY). In addition, the board has expressed an interest to have the states within the region have more similar season lengths and possession limits.
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