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Old 11-23-2005, 06:32 PM
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Default Public Meetings to Gather Comment on Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass

The following is a news release from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission:

States Schedule Public Meetings to Gather Comment on
Draft Addendum to Address Delayed Implementation of Required Fisheries
Management Measures for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass

Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey have scheduled their public meetings to gather comment on Draft Addendum XVI to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass. 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 dates, times and locations of those meetings follow:

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
January 4, 2006; 6:30 pm
Location: TBD
Contact: Melanie Griffin, (617) 626-1528

Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife
January 3, 2006; 6:00 pm
Corless Auditorium
University of Rhode Island
South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI
Contact: Brian Murphy, (401) 423-1941

Connecticut Dept. of Environment Protection
December 20, 2005; 7:00 pm
DEP, Marine Headquarters
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, CT
Contact: Eric Smith, (860) 434-6043

New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
January 10, 2006; 7:00 pm
New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY
Contact: Gordon Colvin, (631) 444-0434

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
January 5, 2006; 7:00 pm
Galloway Township Public Library
306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road
Absecon, NJ
Contact: Tom McCloy, (609) 292-7794

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 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 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.

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 May 23 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.
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