UPDATED: States Schedule Public Hearings on Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board releases Draft Addendum VI to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass for public comment. Atlantic coastal states from Maine through North Carolina, including Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, have scheduled their hearings to gather public input on Draft Addendum VI. The details of those hearings follow. Massachusetts is still scheduling its hearings; a subsequent release will announce the details of those hearings once they are finalized.

Maine Department of Marine Resources

October 1, 2019 at 6 PM
Kennebunk Town Hall – Room 300
1 Summer Street
Kennebunk, Maine
Contact: Megan Ware at 207.446.0932

October 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Yarmouth Town Hall – Log Cabin
196 Main Street
Yarmouth, Maine
Contact: Megan Ware at 207-446-0932

New Hampshire Fish and Game

October 1, 2019 at 7 PM
Urban Forestry Center
45 Elwyn Road
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Contact: Doug Grout at 603.868.1095

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

October 2, 2019 at 6 PM
Crowne Plaza Woburn
15 Middlesex Canal Park Drive
Woburn, Massachusetts
Contact: Mike Armstrong at 978.282.0308, ext. 109

October 3, 2019 at 6 PM
MA Maritime Academy, Admiral’s Hall
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
Contact: Mike Armstrong at 978.282.0308, ext. 109

Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife

September 24, 2019 at 6 PM
University of Rhode Island Bay Campus
Corless Auditorium
South Ferry Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Contact: Nicole Lengyel Costa at 401.423.1940

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

September 23, 2019 at 7 PM
Marine Headquarters, Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Contact: Justin Davis at 860.434.6043

September 25, 2019 at 7 PM
Port 5 Hall
69 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Contact: Justin Davis at 860.434.6043

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

September 4, 2019 from 6 to 9 PM
Ballroom at Bethpage State Park Clubhouse
Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road
Farmingdale, New York
Contact: John Maniscalco at 631.444.0430

September 12, 2019 from 6 to 9 PM
NYSDEC Region 3 Office
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, New York
Contact: Gregg Kenney at 845.256.3199

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

September 3, 2019 from 6 to 8:30 PM
Roselle Park Borough Hall
110 East Westfield Avenue
Roselle Park, New Jersey
Contact: Heather Corbett at 609.748.2020

September 4, 2019 from 6 to 8:30 PM
Ocean City Public Library
1725 Simpson Avenue
Ocean City, New Jersey
Contact: Heather Corbett at 609.748.2020

September 12, 2019 from 6 to 8:30 PM
Bay Avenue Community Center
775 East Bay Avenue
Manahawkin, New Jersey
Contact: Heather Corbett at 609.748.2020

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
August 28, 2019 from 7 to 9 PM
Silver Lake Nature Center
1306 Bath Road
Bristol, Pennsylvania
Contact: Andrew Shiels at 814.359.5181

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

August 29, 2019 at 6 PM
DNREC Auditorium
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware
Contact: John Clark at 302.739.9914

Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Service

September 25, 2019 from 6 to 8 PM
Calvary United Methodist Church (Basement Room)
301 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, Maryland
Contact: Michael Luisi at 410.260.8341

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
September 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Virginia Marine Resources Commission
380 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe
Hampton, Virginia
Contact: Alex Aspinwall or Pat Geer at 757.247.2200

Potomac River Fisheries Commission
September 10, 2019, at 6 PM
222 Taylor Street
Colonial Beach, Virginia
Contact: Martin Gary at 804.224.7148

District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
September 12, 2019, at 6 PM
Aquatic Resources Education Center
1900 Anacostia Drive
Washington, District of Columbia
Contact: Julia Robey Christian at 202.450.7878

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries

September 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Dare County Administration Building
Commissioners Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo, North Carolina
Contact: Chris Batsavage at 252.808.8009

Draft Addendum VI was initiated in response to the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment, which indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing. The Draft Addendum explores a range of management alternatives designed to end overfishing and reduce fishing mortality to the target level in 2020.

The Draft Addendum proposes management options for both commercial and recreational sectors in the ocean and in Chesapeake Bay in order to reduce total fishery removals by 18% relative to 2017 levels. The proposed measures include reduced quotas for commercial fisheries, and changes in bag limits, minimum sizes, and slot size limits for the recreational sector. Since catch and release practices represent a significant component of overall fishing mortality, the Draft Addendum also explores the mandatory use of circle hooks when fishing with bait to reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries.

Draft Addendum VI is available here: StripedBassDraftAddVI_PublicComment_Aug2019.pdf or via the Commission’s website at http://www.asmfc.org/about-us/public-input.

Fishermen and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum VI either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM (EST) on October 7, 2019 and should be sent to Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI).

9 on “UPDATED: States Schedule Public Hearings on Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI

  1. Andy

    Get rid of out of state commercial fishermen there’s too many commercial fishermen its a SAFETY ISSUE and they don’t respect our laws I know many fishermen that gave up commercial because it’s too crowded which makes it DANGEROUS

  2. Tabanus sp.

    Does anyone else in fishing land think that raising the length limit to take even more prime breeding stock out of the biomass is insanity?

  3. Harry Phillips

    Two single hooks per plug max. One single hook per spoon. Slot size limit 28” – 40”. One fish per day with a max possession of one fish.

  4. Bruce Cox

    Been Sbass fishing for 65 yrs. I believe it is a commercial problem with by-catch much too high as well bait, menhaden etc. Haven’t caught a fat bass in many years. Hope you can fix this problem as my calendar is running out, but there is a new generation coming. Act now! Thank you for your efforts!

  5. LOU


  6. Bud Ford

    CnR only January 1 – June 15. Slot after June 15: 1 bass daily 26″-30″. Single hooks only; 2 hooks maximum per plug. No live bait fishing. No commercial fishing.
    Better yet, shut it down for 5 years and reassess.

  7. Robert Antkowiak

    The best eating fish are from 16 to 22 inches.
    2 fish 16 to 22 slot per day.
    Let the breeders do their job.
    Those wanting a trophy go to a store that sells trophies!

  8. John

    Stop the commercial fishing in RI. All of it . Other states will follow . Everyone knows the effects of commercial fishing . Its mass poaching . In Maryland, back in 2011 , 20000. tons illegally netted in 3 different hauls. The Navy was called in to lift the nets . Commercial fishing nets! They claimed it was a mystery , never caught them. Stripers donated to soup kitchens. Thats just one case . Whats happened to the Big Eye tuna ? Commercial fishing ! How many species over fished ??? Stripers , overfished commercially . Recreational fishing is a 40 billion dollar a year industry . Are states ready to lose that ?? Demand an end or our kids won’t be fishing either !!

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