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The ASMFC Black sea bass management Board initiated an addendum to allow more
flexibility in setting recreational measures for the 2011 fishing year. The
addendum proposes (among other options) to allow state-by-state or regional management (similar to what is done now with flounder)
measures for the 2011 black sea bass fishery; a change from the historical,
coastwise management...(where all states have same rules, and regs)

The current (2010) management plan for black sea bass does not provide an opportunity to craft
recreational measures by regions or state, it only allows for a coastwide
measure. In 2010 all states,, adopted the coastwide regulations of a 25 fish bag
limit, 12.5 inches TL minimum fish size, and an
open season from May 22 to October 11 and
November 1 to December 31 in 2010
The 2010 regulations resulted in an estimated harvest of 2.98 million pounds, approximately 1.15
million pounds above the 2010 target. Due to the wide geographic range of this species, the
application of coastwide minimum size, possession limit and season restrictions may not affect
every area involved in the fishery the same way. Additionally, black sea bass migrations
may result in differences in availability to the recreational fishery in each state. States
are concerned that the 2010 regulations disproportionately impacted states within the management unit.
For the 2011 recreational fishing year, a 40% reduction in harvest (based on the effectiveness of
the 2010 regulations and the 2011 harvest target) is necessary to achieve the
harvest target of 1.78 million pounds.

If a coastwide measure was continued in 2011, the board has
proposed an increase in the minimum size limit from 12.5 inches to 13.0 inches and a season
from July 1 to October 1 and November 1 to December 31 (a reduction in the season by 50 days, 40 days from
wave 3 and 10 days from wave 5) to meet the reduction.

Option two: State-by-State Measures
Under this option states would implement individual recreational black sea bass
management
programs that utilize minimum size limits, maximum possession limits, and
seasonal closures
that are designed to achieve a specific harvest reduction that, when combined
with the other
states in the management unit, achieve the required coastwide reduction for
2011.

ASMFC HAS SCHEDULED A PUBLIC HEARING IN DOWNTOWN NEWPORT NEWS, VA AT THE HEADQUATERS OF VA MARINE RESOURCE COMMISSION , MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011, 6 PM TO RECEIVE COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED BLACK SEA BASS OPTIONS For 2011 .

Recreational anglers with an interest in the recreational Black Sea Bass fishery are encouraged to attend and make public comments.

Bob Allen
Hampton Va PSWSFA & VCAC
 

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I disagree in this case. We are at a huge disadvantage with the states not being allowed to manage separately. If we were, the state could implement measures that are better for us; such as opening the season in the winter months when there are few other species to target. The winter deep-drop fishery; both recreational and charter would benefit. Few want to go for the tilefish/grouper without something to fall back on. In the summer, we have other options including dolphinfish; in the winter, not much besides BSB.
 

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That's true Stan and I too agree that state by state regs is the way to go. But! Aren't the powers to-be also looking to further regulate or in some case, curtail all together, the Tilefish / Grouper fishery? or waters deeper than an arbitrarily set number of fathoms? I would think they are more than happy with the fact that fewer anglers and charters are willing to run after Tilefish / Grouper with the BSB fishery closed.

I guess what I'm say is, while your argument for opening the season in the winter is one most of us would agree with and support, it might have the opposite affect on those regulating the fishery.

Just a thought.
 

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Virginia always get screwed for BSB using the coastwide management system. Our northern neighbors hammer away at them all summer long, then just as the big knot heads head to Virginia in the fall and winter....wammo....we are over the quota so they shut everbody down. Let each state have their own separate quota and manage it that way. When NJ and NY hit their quota, shut them down and let VA keep fishing if we are under our quota. It's really the only fair way to manage the stocks.

Option 2 I say.
 

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Summer Flounder and Striped Bass are managed State by state; why not Black Sea Bass? If this is a better option for VA , come to the public hearing and make public comment. This is a meeting where public comment is desired.

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