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Old 11-07-2005, 05:08 PM
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Default Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Plan Available for Comment

The following is the text of a news release issued by the Atlantic
States Marine Fisheries Commission:

ASMFC Approves Draft Addendum XVI to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and
Black Sea Bass FMP for Public Comment
Addendum to Address Delayed Implementation

The Commission has approved Draft Addendum XVI to the Interstate
Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass
for public review and comment. The Draft Addendum addresses issues of
delayed implementation of required fishery management measures for
summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. It responds to an
ISFMP Policy Board directive to its management boards to improve the
states' timely implementation of all interstate fisheries management
plans. The current draft addresses concerns received from public comment
on the first draft, most notably that proposed measures do not rely on
data from the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey.

The management of summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass has
repeatedly been affected by delays in implementation of required
regulations. This has undermined the effectiveness of the management
program and adversely affected the timely conservation efforts of other
states. The Draft Addendum is intended to provide a species-specific
mechanism to ensure states meet their obligations under the management
program. It proposes disincentives to minimize the probability of
delayed implementation of required management measures. The Draft
Addendum does not propose to modify the existing compliance review
process nor the existing conservation equivalency procedures for summer
flounder, scup, and black sea bass.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina
will be conducting public hearings on the Draft Addendum in the winter.
Information of these hearings will be released once it becomes
available. Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to
provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending public hearings
or providing
written comments.

Copies of the Draft Addendum will be available by mid-November and 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 PM on January 13, 2006 and should be forwarded
to Julie Nygard, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at 1444 'Eye'
Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202)289-6051 (fax) or
comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Addendum XVI). The Board will
meet in February to review public comment on the Draft Addendum and
consider its final approval. For more information, please contact Julie
Nygard at (202)289-6400 or jnygard@asmfc.org.

Tina Berger
Public Affairs Specialist
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1444 I Street. NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202)289-6400
FAX: (202)289-6051
Email: tberger@asmfc.org

ASMFC Vision: Healthy, self-sustaining populations of all Atlantic
coast fish species or successful restoration well in progress by the
year 2015.
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