DEEP: Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Tautog (Blackfish)

Notice of ASMFC Public Hearing on Tautog (Blackfish)
June 5, 2017

The DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a public hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to gather input on Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The Draft Amendment proposes a fundamental change in tautog management, moving away from management on a coastwide basis towards regional management. Management options by region have been developed in response to the 2016 stock assessment update, with recreational and commercial harvest reductions proposed for the Long Island Sound region. The amendment also includes the establishment of a commercial harvest tagging program, new goals and objectives, biological reference points and fishing mortality targets, and a stock rebuilding schedule.

The hearing will be held at:

7:00 PM, Monday, June 26, 2017
DEEP Marine Headquarters Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
The Draft Amendment is available on the Commissionís website, under Public Input or at: Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Amendment either by attending the public hearing or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on July 14, 2017 and should be forwarded to Ashton Harp, FMP Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at (Subject line: Tautog Draft Amendment 1).

Final action on the Amendment is scheduled to occur in August for implementation in 2018. For more information on the amendment, please contact Ashton Harp, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 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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