Public Hearing on Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI

Date: October 1, 2019

Time: 6 pm

Location: Kennebunk Town Hall - Room 300

Town: Kennebunk

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 have scheduled their hearings to gather public input on Draft Addendum VI.

The Maine hearing will be:

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

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.

For more details and links to documents, see the ASMFC press release at http://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file/5d712d47pr24AtlStripedBassDraftAddVIPublicHearingsrevised3.pdf