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re: AT VMRC last eveing--scoping public hearing on non managed forage specesi in Mid Atlantic region?????????

I attended a poorly publicized public hearing (scoping meeting) on non managed
forage species in our region.

Because of a series of fortunate events, I arrived for the hearing at 5 PM and
with VMRC staff and the Mid Atlantic presenter there, it was determined there
had been a mix up in the scheduled. I asked her to go ahead and do the
presentation to me--as I was the only concerned angler present, beyond VMRC
staff and she said it would -only take 15 minutes. So I received a personalized
scoping meeting. I departed after 20 minutes satisfied that nothing in the
discussion applied to anyone in Virginia. I doubt that any other attended at 6
pm for the second presentation???

Since none of this applies to Virginia, the entire concept of regulating the
following species seems nothing more than another overreach by a Federal
Government agency into areas where the Feds are not needed and that the effort
and money committed are a total waste.

This agency is attempting to determine if the following non-managed forage
species should have stock assessments, Scientific Councils, Advisory committees
and all that the managed species such as striped bass, tautog, black seabass,
bluefish, etc now enjoy.

Some of the suggested species listed are: Bay anchovy, Striped anchovy, silver
anchovy, round herring, thread herring, Spanish sardine, sand lance, &
Atlantic silverside.

IF you have an opinion , written comments may be addressed to( before Oct
2, 2015) : Chris Moore, M-Atlantic Fish Mgmt Council, 800 North State Street
Rm 201
Dover Delaware 19901

this report submitted by
Dr. Bob Allen, recreational angler in Hampton VA
 

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Yup,this effort to regulate everything in the water has been going on for a while now. They have to hold regional meetings for input from all concerned.

I`m interested in how long they will take to establish base lines before regulating any species of concern.
I think as of right now they have very little on record.


Quote Bob Allen=="Since none of this applies to Virginia, the entire concept of regulating the
following species seems nothing more than another overreach by a Federal
Government agency into areas where the Feds are not needed and that the effort
and money committed are a total waste. "

I agree. If you think about it,certain groups not friendly to fishermen may be looking for something to declare as threatened or endangered.
 
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