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Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Blueline Tilefish Management

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting public input on a draft amendment to address management and conservation of blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic. Four public hearings will be held between March 21 and March 29, 2016. Written comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

The draft amendment considers adding blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) as a managed species in the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan, effectively turning that plan into the Golden and Blueline Tilefish Fishery Management Plan. The management measures proposed in the amendment are needed to constrain fishing mortality on the blueline tilefish stock and effectively manage the blueline tilefish fishery in waters off the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England coasts.

PUBLIC HEARING DOCUMENT

Members of the public are invited to comment on any aspect of the Amendment. Following a review of comments received, the Council will choose preferred management measures and submit the Amendment to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and publication of proposed and final rules, both of which have additional comment periods.

For more information, contact Jason Didden at (302) 526-5254 or [email protected].

Public Hearing Schedule

There will be four hearings with the following dates/times/locations:

Monday March 21, 2016, 6 pm. Dare County Administration Building, Commissioners Meeting Room, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC 27954; telephone: (252) 475-5700.

Tuesday March 22, 2016, 7 pm. Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451; telephone: (757) 213-3001.

Monday, March 28, 2016, 7 pm. Hilton Suites Oceanfront, 3200 Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842; telephone: (410) 289-6444.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 7 pm. Hilton Garden Inn Lakewood, 1885 Route 70, Lakewood, NJ 08701; telephone (732) 262-5232.
Written Comments

Written comments will be accepted until Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 11:59 pm. Comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

Email - [email protected] (Include "Blueline Tilefish Comments" in the subject line)

Mail - send comments to: Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, MAFMC, 800 North State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901 (Mark the outside of the envelope "Blueline Tilefish Comments")

Fax - (302) 674-5399.

These public hearings are accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I would love to see the science on this, I am sure there is not any; beyond them looking at pictures on Facebook and fishing web sites. Has anyone asked the folks who have been catching them for years about sizes and quantities-NO they have not. I can tell you I have fished for them for many years and while more people have joined in, you still catch the same amount of big ones and small ones as we did many years ago which would indicate a healthy population. We already instituted a 7 fish limit based on postings on the internet, I guess this is what the fisheries management has become...
This is sure to become another sea bass fiasco. Sea Bass are all over the place but they have you believe they are extinct. You can go to where the bluelines are and catch all of the sea bass you want, you don't even need structure. There are so many they cover the bottom. If they have reached the limit for the entire East Coast in New York then shut them down but leave our fish alone; they are not the same brood stock.
I just wish they would focus on the menhaden situation as much as they are focused on items that don't need to be looked at.
 

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****I just wish they would focus on the menhaden situation as much as they are focused on items that don't need to be looked at.****
THIS! Perhaps one day intelligent, thoughtful and educated decisions will be made about our fisheries. It's laughable how things are being governed now...
 

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This FMP is needed and here is why. Our northern neighbors had no blueline limits. They could catch as many as they wanted to each trip. They could sail into our waters and catch as many as they wanted while we had limits. SAFMC saw this wanted to extend their regulations (1 pp with open/closed seasons) all the way up the entire Atlantic coast. MAFMC stepped in to develop an FMP to put limits on the mid-atlantic regions to prevent SAFMC from implement their very strict limits. So this FMP gets everyone with blueline limits and should represent no changes for Virginia and prevent our neighbors from overfishing our waters. This FMP will be 7 blueline and 8 goldens pp. We wanted this FMP to match VA regs with a combined limit of 7 pp but this option is not in this FMP but it's a start. The only downside is with an FMP if they think we are overfishing or exceed our ACL, like with cobia, they could shut things down. The other issue will be reporting. We in VA already reports catches to the state. And charters already report to both VA and the feds with a VTR. Why can't that be good enough? Why must the feds institute a separate reporting system? My belief is the states, feds, all regional councils, get together and implement a single report and every agency shares that report. But each agency wants to implement a separate report.

 
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