Public Hearings on Lobster Addendum XXIX

Date: January 18 and January 19, 2022

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Webinar

Town: Webinar

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's American Lobster Management Board has approved for public comment Draft Addendum XXIX to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for American Lobster. The Draft Addendum was initiated in August 2020 to consider implementing electronic tracking requirements for federally-permitted vessels in the American lobster and Jonah crab fisheries, with the objective of collecting high resolution spatial and temporal effort data.

The Draft Addendum includes two options for proposed management programs. The first is status quo or no changes to the current program, and the second is to implement electronic tracking requirements for federally-permitted American lobster and Jonah crab vessels with commercial trap gear area permits for Lobster Conservation Management Areas 1 through 5 and Outer Cape Cod. Under this option, the specified permit holders would be required to install an approved electronic vessel tracking device to their vessel prior to beginning a fishing trip to collect and transmit spatial data. The devices would collect vessel locations every minute, which would allow for the distinction between transiting and fishing activity, as well as the estimation of traps per trawl. The Draft Addendum also describes administrative processes at the Commission, state, and federal levels for successful implementation of the management program to ensure the data collected meet the needs of state and federal partners.

Draft Addendum (PDF file, 42 pages)

The meeting presentation may be viewed on YouTube(13 min).

Public Comments:

Members of the commercial fishing industry and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide input either by participating in public hearings or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM (EST) on January 31, 2022 and should be sent to Caitlin Starks, FMP Coordinator, at 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, Virginia 22201; 703.842.0741 (fax); or (Subject line: Lobster Draft Addendum XXIX).

Maine DMR will be hosting two virtual public hearings on Draft Addendum XXIX. The dates of these hearings are:

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 6-8PM

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 6-8PM

To register for a public hearing webinar please see the complete ASMFC press release (PDF file, 3 pages).

For more information, contact Megan Ware at DMR.