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MakoMike posted a topic in Main ForumNew England Fishery Management Council Groundfish Recreational Fishing: Council to Hold Listening Sessions to Gauge Interest in Party/Charter Limited Access The New England Fishery Management Council has scheduled eight listening sessions to solicit public comment on whether it should develop a limited access program for the recreational party/charter boat fishery under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan, better known as the groundfish plan. Seven in-person sessions will be held April 4 through May 9 from Maine to New Jersey, and a final webinar will be held on May 10 for anyone who could not attend an in-person session or who has additional comments to offer. Council Executive Director Tom Nies said, “We’re going out on the road to listen to what people have to say. The Council has not made a decision yet about whether or not it will pursue limited access. We know the recreational fishery has many differing opinions about this issue, so before we begin to sketch out the details of a limited access program in an amendment to the groundfish plan, we first want to hear from impacted fishermen about whether or not they want us to embark down this road.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: Janice Plante March 11, 2019 (607) 592-4817, firstname.lastname@example.org What Does the Council Want to Know? Fishermen are encouraged to offer opinions and perspective on the following issues, as well as any others of interest. Isalimitedaccess program for the party/charter fishery warranted and/or desirable? Whatshouldthegoals and objectives of the program be? Shouldtherebeanopen access component for the for-hire fleet? A successful recreational fishing trip aboard the Lady Tracey Ann, which sails from Eastman’s Docks in Seabrook, NH. The large cod were caught in May 2007 on Jeffrey’s Ledge in the Gulf of Maine. – Mark Godfroy photo New England Fishery Management Council | 50 Water Street, Mill 2 | Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone: (978) 465-0492 | Fax: (978) 465-3116 | www.nefmc.org New England Fishery Management Council What would happen to vessel permits under a limited access program? Should there be restrictions? What management measures should be considered? Should catch shares be part of the program? How should history in the fishery be considered? Should the Council use the March 30, 2018 control date (see next page for control date details)? How should “for-hire” be defined? Should there be an opportunity for new entrants into the program? What Will Happen Next? After information is gathered from the listening sessions, the Groundfish Committee will review and discuss the cumulative feedback and consider whether to recommend further action to the full Council. The recommendation may or may not lead to the development of an amendment to the groundfish plan that would pursue limited access. The Committee’s recommendation will be made with input from the Recreational Advisory Panel and Groundfish Plan Development Team through a series of public meetings during 2019. Recreational Groundfish Party/Charter Fishery Listening Session Schedule Port, Date, and Time Location Seabrook, NH Thursday, April 4, 2019 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Seabrook Public Library 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, NH Telephone: (603) 474-2044 Avalon, NJ Monday, April 8, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Icona Golden Inn* 7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ Telephone: (609) 368-5155 Wells, ME Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wells Public Library 1434 Post Road, Wells, ME Telephone: (207) 646-8181 Narragansett, RI Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI Telephone: (401) 874-6222 Chatham, MA Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Chatham Community Center 702 Main Street, Chatham, MA Telephone: (508) 945-5175 Plymouth, MA Wednesday, May 8, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hampton Inn 10 Plaza Way, Plymouth, MA Telephone: (508) 747-5000 Gloucester, MA Thursday, May 9, 2019 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sawyer Free Library 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA Telephone: (978) 281-9763 Webinar Register to ParticipateFriday, May 10, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Webinar Session https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/88737365 32644639746 Call: +1 (213) 929-4232, Access Code: 494-243-526 * The Avalon, NJ session is being held at the same location as the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s April meeting. New England Fishery Management Council | 50 Water Street, Mill 2 | Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone: (978) 465-0492 | Fax: (978) 465-3116 | www.nefmc.org New England Fishery Management Council The Council is collecting public comment until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019. Stakeholders have several ways to provide input to the Council. • Attendoneofthein-personlisteningsessionsand/orjointheMay10webinar. • Emailcommentstocomments@nefmc.organdlabelthemas“ListeningSessionsfortheRecreational Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Party and Charter Fishery.” • Faxcommentsto(978)465-3116andlabelthemasdescribedabove. • Mailproperlylabeledwrittencommentsto: Tom Nies, Executive Director New England Fishery Management Council 50 Water Street, Mill 2 Newburyport, MA 01950 “The listening sessions are an opportunity for members of the public to raise issues and concerns for the Council to consider for a possible limited access program for the recreational party/charter fishery. The Council needs your input to identify important issues.” – Listening Session Background Document • VisittheListeningSessionsWebpage.• DownloadtheBackgroundDocument. The deadline for public comments is May 17, 2019 For more information, contact Dr. Jamie Cournane, the Council’s groundfish plan coordinator, at (978) 465-0492 ext. 103, email@example.com. New England Fishery Management Council | 50 Water Street, Mill 2 | Newburyport, MA 01950 Phone: (978) 465-0492 | Fax: (978) 465-3116 | www.nefmc.org Party/Charter Fishery Control DateQ: Is there a control date for the recreational groundfish party/charter fishery? A: Yes. The control date is March 19, 2018. Q: Wasn’t there an older control date? A: Yes. The old date was March 30, 2006. In January 2018, the Council agreed that conditions and issues in the recreational fishery had changed considerably since 2006 and that a new, more current control date would be a more useful indicator of recent activity in the fishery. Q: What is the control date supposed to do? A: As described in the March 19, 2018 Federal Register notice, “The control date is intended to discourage speculative entry, investment, or fishing activity in the party/charter fishery while the Council considers if and how participation in the fishery may be affected. The Council may use this control date for entry or participation qualification, along with additional criteria. Performance or fishing effort after the date of publication may not be treated the same as performance or effort before the control date. The Council may choose to use different qualification criteria that do not incorporate the new control date. The Council may also choose to take no further action to control entry or access to the party/charter groundfish fishery.”
no promises that the groundfish committee, the council or GARFO will approve but this is what the RAP recommended at yesterday's meeting: For the Gulf of Maine. Open haddock fishing year round and add an April and August cod season with a 1 fish per man creel limit and a 21inch min. size. For South of the 42.20 line Keep the creel limit at 10 fish per man and lower the size limit to 19 inches.