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  • FISHING NEWS: States Schedule Hearings on Increasing Commercial Striped Bass Allocation Public Comment Accepted Until October 1

    Public Comment Accepted Until October 1
    Atlantic coastal states from Maine through North Carolina have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum II to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled meetings follow:

    Maine Department of Marine Resources

    September 14, 2010; 6:00 PM
    Town of Yarmouth Log Cabin
    196 Main Street
    Yarmouth, Maine
    Contact: Terry Stockwell at (207) 624-6553

    New Hampshire Fish and Game

    September 13, 2010; 7:00 PM
    Urban Forestry Center
    45 Elwyn Road
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Contact: Doug Grout at (603) 868-1095

    Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

    August 16, 2010; 6:00 PM
    Holiday Inn
    55 Ariadne Road
    Dedham, Massachusetts
    Contact: Jared Silva at (617) 626-1534

    Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife

    August 17, 2010; 6:00 PM
    URI, Narragansett Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium
    215 South Ferry Road
    Narragansett, Rhode Island
    Contact: Mark Gibson at (401) 423-1935

    Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection

    July 13, 2010; 7:00 PM
    Fayerweather Yacht Club
    51 Brewster Street
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
    Contact: David Simpson at (860) 434-6043

    July 14, 2010; 7:00 PM

    Marine Headquarters
    333 Ferry Road
    Old Lyme, Connecticut
    Contact: David Simpson at (860) 434-6043

    New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation

    July 21, 2010; 7:00 PM
    Marine Resources Headquarters
    205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
    East Setauket, New York
    Contact: Steve Heins at (631) 444-0436

    New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

    July 22; 7:00 PM
    Toms River Township Clerk’s Office
    L. Manuel Hirshblond Room
    33 Washington Street
    Toms River, New Jersey
    Contact: Brandon Muffley at (609) 748-2020

    Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

    July 20, 2010; 6:30 PM
    Pennsbury Manor, Visitor’s Center Auditorium
    400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
    Morrisville, Pennsylvania
    Contact: Leroy Young at (814) 359-5177

    Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

    June 16, 2010; 7:30 PM
    Richardson and Robbins Building Auditorium
    89 Kings Highway
    Dover, Delaware
    Contact: Craig Shirey at (302) 739-9914

    Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

    June 17, 2010; 7:00 PM
    Ocean Pines Library
    11107 Cathell Road
    Berlin, Maryland
    Contact: Carrie Kennedy at (410) 260-8295

    July 19, 2010; 6:00 PM

    Tawes State Office Building, C1 Conf. Room
    580 Taylor Avenue
    Annapolis, Maryland
    Contact: Carrie Kennedy at (410) 260-8295

    Virginia Marine Resources Commission

    June 28, 2010; 6:00 PM
    2600 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor
    Newport News, Virginia
    Contact: Jack Travelstead at (757) 247-2247

    North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

    June 29, 2010; 6:00 PM
    Roanoke Island Festival Park, Small Auditorium
    One Festival Park
    Manteo, North Carolina
    Contact: Michelle Duval at (252) 808-8011

    July 7, 2010; 6:00 PM

    NC Division of Marine Fisheries
    Central District Office
    5285 Highway 70 West
    Morehead City, North Carolina
    Contact: Michelle Duval at (252) 808-8011

    The Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the striped bass management program: (1) an increase in the coastal commercial quota, and (2) revising the definition of recruitment failure based on Technical Committee advice.

    The proposal to increase the coastal commercial quota is intended to improve equality between the commercial and recreational fishery sectors. Although Amendment 6 established management programs for both fisheries based on the same target fishing mortality rate, the implementation of state-specific quotas for coastal commercial harvest (and not for recreational harvest) has prevented the commercial and recreational fisheries from responding equally to changes in striped bass population size. Since 2003, coastal commercial harvest has decreased by 3.6 percent, while recreational harvest has increased by 13.7 percent. Under the option, the Board would select a percent increase to be applied to the coastal commercial allocations assigned in Amendment 6.

    The Management Board voted to include a second issue in the Draft Addendum based on information presented at the meeting. As part of its review of the juvenile abundance indices, the Striped Bass Technical Committee recommended to the Management Board a revision to how striped bass recruitment failure is defined. Juvenile abundance indices are an important component of the striped bass monitoring program and are used to determine periods of recruitment failure which can trigger management action under Amendment 6. Adopting the proposed recommendation would result in a fixed value to determine recruitment failure in each surveyed area rather than a value that changes from year to year. Use of either the Amendment 6 definition or the Technical Committee recommendation for recruitment failure does not result in any necessary changes to the current management program.

    Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum, either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addendum can be obtained via the Commission’s website at under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on October 1, 2010 and should be forwarded to Nichola Meserve, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at (Subject line: Striped Bass Addendum II). For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator at (202) 289-6400 or
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. ang81's Avatar
      ang81 -
      To increase the quota for commercial take based on recreational increases in harvest to make the numbers equal out, don't make much sense. Sure the Comm. guys want more. I want to fish the Chesapeake more also, but for 2 fish it is'nt worth it to run three hours to the beach. Increases in the number of recreational fishermen targeting Striped Bass has exploded in recent years which I take as some if not most of the increases in harvest by this group. Adjustments shopuld be made on the stock numbers reported not who get the lions share, and who thinks equality needs to be the reason for increases.

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