ASMFC to Hold Public Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum I

The ASMFC is seeking public comment on Draft Addendum I to Amendment 7, which considers allowing voluntary transfers of striped bass ocean commercial quota between states that have ocean quota.

Chris Megan wearing Costas

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is seeking public comment on Draft Addendum I to Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan, which considers allowing voluntary transfers of striped bass ocean commercial quota between states that have ocean quota. The Atlantic coastal states of Maine through North Carolina have scheduled hearings to gather public input, including a virtual hearing for Massachusetts on December 19.

The full schedule of public hearings is provided below. You may register for virtual hearings here: See the Webinar Instructions later in this advisory for more information.

The Board initiated Draft Addendum I in August 2021 after deciding that changes to the striped bass commercial quota system would not be considered during the ongoing development of Amendment 7. With the adoption of Amendment 7 earlier this year, the Board re-initiated discussions on Draft Addendum I to consider voluntary ocean quota transfers, which could provide some relief to states seeking additional quota. The Draft Addendum proposes a range of options that would permit voluntary transfers of ocean commercial quota, including options based on stock status and options allowing the Board to set criteria for transfers on a regular basis.

Webinar Instructions

For all virtual hearings (except Delaware), please note that in order to comment during virtual webinar hearings you will need to use your computer or download the GoToWebinar app for your phone. Those joining by phone only will be limited to listening to the presentation and will not be able to provide input. In those cases, you can send your comments to staff via email or U.S. mail at any time during the public comment period. To attend the webinar in listen only mode, dial (213) 493-0005 and enter access code 199-116-984.

For all virtual hearings (except Delaware), please click HERE and select the hearing(s) you plan to attend from the dropdown menu to register for a public hearing webinar. Hearings will be held via GoToWebinar, and you can join the webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone. If you are new to GoToWebinar, you can download the software by (clicking here) or via the App store under GoToWebinar. We recommend you register for the hearing well in advance of the hearing since GoToWebinar will provide you with a link to test your device’s compatibility with the webinar. If you find your device is not compatible, please contact the Commission at (subject line: GoToWebinar help) and we will try to get you connected. We also strongly encourage participants to use the computer voice over internet (VoIP) so you can ask questions and provide input at the hearing.

For virtual participation at the Delaware public hearing, please visit the Delaware website to register for the webinar at

For the listen-only livestream of the New York public hearing, the livestream link will be posted to the NYSDEC calendar at

Hearing Presentation Recording

For those who cannot attend any in-person or virtual hearings, the Commission will also post a recording of the hearing presentation on the Commission’s YouTube page so that stakeholders may watch the presentation and submit comment at any time during the comment process. This recording will be available in early December.

Submitting Comments

The Draft Addendum is available at or via the Commission’s website at

All those interested in the management of Atlantic striped bass are encouraged to provide input either by participating in public hearings, which may be conducted via webinar, or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 11:59 PM (EST) on January 13, 2023 and should be sent to Emilie Franke, FMP Coordinator, at 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, Virginia 22201; or at (Subject line: Striped Bass Draft Addendum I).

4 on “ASMFC to Hold Public Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum I

  1. Fred DeFinis

    There are many reasons a state might not reach it’s quota–unsettled weather, changing migratory patterns, insufficient effort/trips or plain bad luck. When this happens, it is a break for the fish population. This proposed addendum seeks to wipe out those benefits by allowing another state to catch more fish, thereby maximizing the total Atlantic Coast harvest. Our goal should be to create fair allocations among the states while also doing our best to preserve the stocks, not to find ways to maximize the harvest. Please submit your comments in opposition. Thanks.

  2. Tired

    Comments are an exercise in futility, the commercial guys in MA will still be allowed to target the brood stock and the sports will be restricted. Until the decision to protect the large females the fishery won’t get any better. Simple logic and math.

  3. gary sottosanti

    I agree with Tired…. we go to meetings, we write letters, we comment and still what happens…. A handful of government bureaucrats influenced by commercial interests make laws that hurt the sport fisherman year after year.

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