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ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board to Meet Via Conference Call March 20 Board to Consider Approval of 2018 Recreational Black Sea Bass Regional Proposals
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board will meet via conference call on Tuesday, March 20th at 9 a.m. to consider approval of regional proposals for the 2018 black sea bass recreational fishery. The proposals are required under Addendum XXX, which was approved in February 2018 and uses a combination of exploitable biomass information from the latest stock assessment and historical harvest to regionally allocate the coastwide recreational harvest limit (RHL). The three management regions are: (1) Massachusetts through New York, (2) New Jersey, and (3) Delaware through North Carolina. Their respective allocations of the 2018 coastwide RHL are 61.35%, 30.24%, and 8.41%.

To improve accountability, Addendum XXX holds states within each region collectively responsible for managing harvest to their regional allocation through the cooperative development of recreational measures. To increase regional consistency in measures, each region will establish a standard set of measures, with each state in the region provided the flexibility to adjust its measures up to one inch in minimum size and three fish in possession limit. Collectively, the combined regional measures are intended to achieve, but not exceed, the 2018 RHL.

The public is welcome to listen to the discussion by phone (866.214.0726, followed by passcode: 993961) and view the webinar using the following link https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6931931919817605123. The meeting agenda can be found at http://www.asmfc.org/files/Meetings/SFlounderScupBSB_BoardAgenda_3_20_18.pdf; meeting materials will be available March 15 at http://www.asmfc.org/home/meeting-archive.

Time permitting, there will be a limited opportunity for the public to provide comments. The Board Chair will outline the procedures for accepting public comment at the beginning of the conference call. We request the public and other nonparticipating attendees to please mute their phones in order to minimize distractions to the Board’s deliberations.

For more information, please contact Caitlin Starks, FMP Coordinator, at cstarks@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.

A PDF of the press release can be found here - http://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file//5aa7f576pr10SFlounderScupBSBBoardConfCall_BSBProposals.pdf.


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