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ASMFC- strategic plan for 2004-08- input request

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Now's your chance to speak your mind

 

Published in the Asbury Park Press 10/31/03

 

ASMFC accepting public comment on strategy for '04-08

 

By DUSTY RHODES

 

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has provided an opportunity for the public to wade in on fishery management planning by issuing a request for input to its strategic plan for 2004-08.

 

According to Tina Berger, ASFMC public affairs specialist, comments will be accepted until Nov. 19, 2003.

 

"The plan affirms the ASMFC's long-term vision of healthy, self-sustaining populations of all Atlantic coast fish species or successful restoration well in progress by the year 2015, and establishes nine major goals and related strategies to pursue this vision," Berger said.

 

This has significance to Garden State anglers because the ASMFC participates with the three East Coast regional councils in joint management of various species, as well as wielding sole authority over several other species.

 

In terms of local angling, the ASMFC has sole management responsibility for striped bass, weakfish, winter flounder in state waters, shad, river herring and tautog.

 

Through a special arrangement with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, it also manages the recreational summer flounder fishery, and via yet another special arrangement, in this case with the federal government, it has major control over the menhaden fishery.

 

Jointly with the regional councils the ASMFC participates in management of other fish important to local fisherman, specifically black sea bass, scup and bluefish

 

The goals and strategies to be finalized in the plan, Berger said, will guide ASMFC activities over the next five years and will be implemented through annual action plans.

 

"While much of the plan is similar to the first ASMFC Strategic Plan (1998-2003)," Berger said, "emphasis has been added on improving education, outreach and stakeholder input, as well as supporting the needs of the states."

 

The ASMFC plan has proposed nine goals:

 

1. Rebuild and restore depleted Atlantic coastal fisheries, and maintain and fairly allocate recovered fisheries through cooperative regulatory planning.

 

2. Strengthen cooperative research capabilities and improve the scientific basis for stock assessments and fisheries management actions.

 

3. Expand and fully utilize cooperative fisheries statistics programs.

 

4. Improve stakeholder compliance with ASMFC fishery management plans.

 

5. Enhance and cooperatively protect fisheries habitat.

 

6. Strengthen congressional, stakeholder, and public support for the ASMFC's mission, vision and achievements.

 

7. Respond efficiently and effectively to member states' needs.

 

8. Develop and advance strategies to enhance learning and growth within the ASMFC.

 

9. Provide efficient administration of the ASMFC's business affairs and ensure its financial stability.

 

Berger said copies of the plan could be obtained by contacting the ASMFC office at (202) 289-6400 or via its website at www.asmfc.org.

 

Public comment should be forwarded to Geoffrey White, fisheries research specialist, at 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005, or by fax to (202) 289-6051.

 

Dusty Rhodes is a correspondent for Hook, Line and Sinker. askdusty@att.net

 

 

I certainly agree with goal #2!!!! icon14.gif

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Almost 15 hours later and no responses. What does that say about us? redface.gif

 

According to some opinions on Ben's "state of the sol thread" SOL'ers are arrogant, elitist, snobs, and, I might add, not very interested in fishing legislation/policy.

 

Truth be known, however, most people probably feel like me wrt legislation- it's kinda like beating your head against the wall- after awhile you just stop and lose interest. The fact that legislation posts don't get many responses doesn't mean they aren't being read- at least that's what I HOPE JayR! cwm15.gif

 

Walt

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