Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
willy young

Hearing on Striped Bass

Rate this topic

6 posts in this topic

July, 21, 7 P.M.

205 North Belle Meade Rd.

Suite 1

East Setauket

Hearing to increase the commcercial harvest for striped bass .

With all the bad news now is not the time to increase the quota for anyone .

If you care be there .

The room is not very large so get there early .

Willie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
View PostJuly, 21, 7 P.M.

205 North Belle Meade Rd.

Suite 1

East Setauket

Hearing to increase the commcercial harvest for striped bass .

With all the bad news now is not the time to increase the quota for anyone .

If you care be there .

The room is not very large so get there early .

Willie

 

Hey Big Country -

Any way to make this a sticky at the top?

 

If you can't make the meeting, Send An Email!!

 

The Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the striped bass management program: (1) an increase in the coastal commercial quota, and (2) revising the definition of recruitment failure based on Technical Committee advice.

 

The proposal to increase the coastal commercial quota is intended to improve equality between the commercial and recreational fishery sectors. Although Amendment 6 established management programs for both fisheries based on the same target fishing mortality rate, the implementation of state-specific quotas for coastal commercial harvest (and not for recreational harvest) has prevented the commercial and recreational fisheries from responding equally to changes in striped bass population size. Since 2003, coastal commercial harvest has decreased by 3.6 percent, while recreational harvest has increased by 13.7 percent. Under the option, the Board would select a percent increase to be applied to the coastal commercial allocations assigned in Amendment 6.

 

The Management Board voted to include a second issue in the Draft Addendum based on information presented at the meeting. As part of its review of the juvenile abundance indices, the Striped Bass Technical Committee recommended to the Management Board a revision to how striped bass recruitment failure is defined. Juvenile abundance indices are an important component of the striped bass monitoring program and are used to determine periods of recruitment failure which can trigger management action under Amendment 6. Adopting the proposed recommendation would result in a fixed value to determine recruitment failure in each surveyed area rather than a value that changes from year to year. Use of either the Amendment 6 definition or the Technical Committee recommendation for recruitment failure does not result in any necessary changes to the current management program.

 

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum, either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addendum can be obtained via the Commission's website at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on October 1, 2010 and should be forwarded to Nichola Meserve, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at nmeserve@asmfc.org (Subject line: Striped Bass Addendum II). For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator at (202) 289-6400 or nmeserve@asmfc.org.

 

CCA's stance on the proposal ASMFC Continues Effort to Increase Striped Bass Harvest

 

WASHINGTON DC, Anglers will soon have the opportunity to comment on a new effort to increase the coastal commercial harvest of striped bass by 20 to 50 percent, after the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Striped Bass Management Board voted this week to send the proposal out for public hearing.

 

Last February, conservationists were stunned when the Board chose to ignore a litany of significant concerns from scientists and enforcement officers about the health of the striped bass population, and instead directed its staff to draft the proposal. This week's 10-6 vote to send the proposal out for public hearing indicates that many members of the Board are committed to ramping up commercial harvest even as anglers are seeing serious warning signs on the water.

 

"This is the wrong message at the wrong time for striped bass, but it is not surprising," said Charles Witek, chairman of CCA's Atlantic Fisheries Committee. "When recently faced with even worse situations involving weakfish and the southern New England stock of winter flounder, both very badly depleted and both faced with apparent increases in natural mortality, ASMFC ignored clear scientific advice and voted to maintain harvest at unsustainable levels. Our greatest conservation challenge may simply be to convince managers at ASMFC to do their jobs."

 

Among the recent information presented to managers was a report on the declining trend in the striped bass Juvenile Abundance Index, a report from law enforcement personnel on "significant and unreported" poaching in the Exclusive Economic Zone, and a report on the potentially devastating impact of Mycobacteriosis in Chesapeake Bay, the primary striped bass spawning ground for the entire Atlantic Coast, where 70 percent of the fish sampled had lesions associated with the disease. In aquaculture, Mycobacteriosis infections are virtually always fatal.

 

"While the stock is still not overfished nor undergoing overfishing, ASMFC's Striped Bass Technical Committee recently issued a report which predicts that the number of adult bass will steadily decline through the year 2015. Clearly, a cautious approach is warranted, yet the Board has chosen to roll the dice with the most important recreational species on the East Coast," said Richen Brame, CCA's Atlantic Fisheries director.

 

Unlike the 1970s when rampant overfishing was the primary cause of the stock collapse, the current wide variety of factors that are negatively impacting striped bass will be much more difficult to address. Nonetheless, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Delaware, Maryland, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service voted to push forward with increasing commercial harvest.

 

"This is a dangerous, unnecessary gamble," said Brame. "We will be doing our part to make sure managers know that anglers do not want to risk the future of this fishery by increasing commercial harvest."

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my opinion, A$MFC is bought and paid for by commercial interests.

The decision that is supposed to take ALL points-of-view into consideration, has been made ALREADY.

 

Instead of bringing logic to the hearing, we should (again, MY opinion) be working to replace all the members on the commission. Preferably with qualified biologists.

 

Dismantle A$MFC!

 

AMMO

 

PS: Don't be surprised when their "decision" seems to contadict what you heard at the hearing. The decision was made MONTHS ago, the "public hearing" is tokenism at it's best!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
View PostJuly, 21, 7 P.M.

205 North Belle Meade Rd.

Suite 1

East Setauket

Hearing to increase the commcercial harvest for striped bass .

With all the bad news now is not the time to increase the quota for anyone .

If you care be there .

The room is not very large so get there early .

Willie

 

 

The day before this meetimg , there will be a M.R.A.C. meeting to make a dragger harvest for striped bass legal in N.Y.

July Tuesday, 20th ,7 P.M.

Suite 1

205 North Belle Meade Rd.

East Setauket

If you care be there.

Willie

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
View PostThe day before this meetimg , there will be a M.R.A.C. meeting to make a dragger harvest for striped bass legal in N.Y.

July Tuesday, 20th ,7 P.M.

Suite 1

205 North Belle Meade Rd.

East Setauket

If you care be there.

Willie

 

that meeting is now canceled

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to register here in order to participate.

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.