20 August 2014

• Hearing on ASMFC Striped Bass Management – Draft Addendum IV


“CT DEEP Marine Fisheries Division is hosting a Public Hearing of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Draft Addendum IV to the Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan on Tuesday August 26, 2014 at the Marine Headquarter’s Boating Education Center beginning at 7PM.

The Draft Addendum proposes new fishing mortality (F) reference points, as recommended by the 2013 benchmark stock assessment, and associated management measures to reduce fishing mortality to a level at or below the proposed target within either one year or within three years. It responds to results of the 2013 Atlantic striped bass benchmark assessment indicating fishing mortality in 2012 was above the proposed target, and female spawning stock biomass (SSB) has been steadily declining below the target since 2006.

This means even though the stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring, spawning stock biomass is approaching its overfished threshold and stock projections show spawning stock biomass will likely be considered overfished in the coming years. In addition, a similar decline has been observed in total harvest. In response to these factors, the Draft Addendum proposes management options to reduce fishing mortality to the target level.

The Draft Addendum includes a suite of management options to reduce recreational and commercial harvest along the coast and in the Chesapeake Bay under three reduction timeframes. The timeframes include: (1) reducing fishing mortality to its target in one year with a 25% reduction from 2013 harvest in 2015; (2) reducing fishing mortality to its target within three years with a 17% reduction from 2013 harvest in 2015; and (3) reducing fishing mortality to its target within three years with a 7% sequential reduction in harvest for three consecutive years starting in 2015. Specific options to be considered include bag, size, slot and trophy size limits for the recreational fishery and quota reductions for the commercial fishery.

PUBLIC HEARING

August 26, 2014; 7 PM

CT DEEP Marine Headquarters Boating Education Center (Rear Building)

333 Ferry Rd

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Contact: David Simpson at 860.434.6043.

Directions: Exit 70 off Interstate 95, one-half mile south on Route 156, turn right onto Ferry Rd, continue to end. The Boating Education Center is the rearmost building located behind the Marine Headquarters building.

The Draft Addendum is available on the Commission website (www.asmfc.org) under Public Input, by contacting Marine Fisheries at 860.434.6043 or the Commission at 703.842.0740.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on September 30, 2014 and should be forwarded to Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at mwaine@asmfc.org.

For more information, please contact Mike Waine, at mwaine@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.”


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