DEEP: Notice o MAFMC/ASMFC Public Hearings on Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment and Bluefish Commercial /Recreational Allocation and Rebuilding

Notice of MAFMC/ASMFC Public Hearings on
 Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment
And
Bluefish Commercial/Recreational Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment

January 30, 2020


The DEEP Fisheries Division is hosting two hearings on the evening of February 26th: a scoping hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (Council) to gather public input on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment, to be followed immediately by a Council scoping hearing to gather public input on the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. These are scoping hearings intended to gather input on the range of issues and information that should be considered in these Amendments; neither Amendment has been drafted yet. Both commercial and recreational fishermen are encouraged to attend.


The hearings will be held at:
7:00 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2020
DEEP Marine Headquarters Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Take I-95 to Exit 70 to Route 156 south, turn right onto Ferry Road, follow to the end. The Boating Education Center is located at the rear of the property.

Discussion of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Amendment will take place approximately from 7:00 8:00, followed immediately by discussion of the Bluefish Amendment from approximately 8:00 9:00.

Written comments for both hearings will be accepted through March 17, 2020. The Scoping and Public Information Document contains background information on summer flounder, scup and black sea bass management and on issues that may be addressed in the amendment and the Supplemental Scoping and Public Information Document contains background information on bluefish management issues that may be addressed in the amendment.  These documents are available on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's website. 

For more information on the location of the hearing, please contact the DEEP Marine Fisheries division by email at
deep.marine.fisheries@ct.gov, 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.

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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