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June 25, 2005

Cap the Catch of Menhaden Taken By The Reduction Industry
Come to Annapolis this Wednesday for the Public Hearing

After years of persistent pressure from anglers and conservationists, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is poised to place the first ever cap on the industrial scale menhaden fishery's landings. ASMFC is taking public comment this summer on Addendum II to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan (http://www.ccamd.org/conservation/Menhaden/draftAddendumIIforPublicComment.pdf). There is a suite of options the Atlantic Menhaden Management Board will consider when the ASMFC has its August 15-18 meetings in Alexandria, Virginia. Option 1 is "Status Quo, no cap on the harvest of Atlantic menhaden". If you don't want to see this option adopted, take advantage of your opportunity to provide comment.

Here's what you can do:
-Attend the hearing this Wednesday, June 29, at 7:00pm at the Annapolis Radisson (http://www.radissondestinationguide.com/locationMap.process/OID_EB39EA2D/?hotelCode=MDAPOLIS), 210 Holiday Ct, Annapolis, MD 21401

-Provide written comments to ASMFC by 5:00pm on August 1, 2005

Nancy Wallace
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1444 Eye St, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (202) 289-6051

-Provide written comments to Maryland's ASMFC Commissioners

Howard King
580 Taylor Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
Email: [email protected]
(410) 260-8102
(410) 260-8111 FAX

Governor's Appointee
Bruno Vasta
13140 Soundings Rd
Lusby, MD 20657
Email: [email protected])
(410) 326-2622

Senator Richard F. Colburn
5210 Heron Rd
Cambridge, MD 21613
Email: [email protected]
(410) 228-1137
(410) 376-3737 FAX

Include in your comments that you support CCA's position on Addendum II to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. CCA supports:

-A cap on the Atlantic menhaden harvest
-The cap should be in the Chesapeake Bay and apply to the industrial-scale, reduction fishery
-The cap should be set at the average of the last 5 years and should be in place for 5 years
-Any harvest over the quota should be subtracted from the following year's quota
-The proposed research program outlined by ASMFC

Additional Resources:
-CCA's Angler's Guide breaks down Addendum II and provides background and explanations for these positions (http://www.ccamd.org/conservation/Menhaden/Angler%27s_Guide.pdf)
-Menhaden Matter's Justification for Positions on Addendum II (http://www.ccamd.org/conservation/Menhaden/Justification_AddendumII_Positions.pdf)
-Letter from Maryland's Congressional Delegation to ASMFC (http://www.ccamd.org/conservation/Menhaden/MD_Congressional_Delegation.pdf)

Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and submits this Action Alert as a service to its members and the public. If you have any comments or questions concerning this alert or would like your name added/removed from the distribution list send an email to [email protected] or call toll-free 888-758-6580. CCA MD is working to Conserve, Protect, and Restore marine resources for the benefit of all citizens. Please support CCA MD by becoming a member. You can do so on our website, http://www.joincca.org/Join%20CCA.html.

CCA Maryland
101 Ridgely Avenue, Suite 12-A, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 888.758.6580 Fax: 410.280.1432
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.ccamd.org

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