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ASMFC TO REVIEW HARVEST ESTIMATES

The ASMFC summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass and bluefish management boards plan to meet via conference call to review recent recreational harvest estimates.
By Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission  |  June 30, 2016
Tags: inshore, fisheries management
ASMFC TO REVIEW HARVEST ESTIMATES

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Management Boards will meet via conference call on Wednesday, July 6 at 10:00 a.m. to review the latest recreational harvest estimates from the Marine Recreational Information Program. These data indicate that preliminary estimates of 2015 recreational harvest were underestimated for both bluefish and black sea bass. While the uptick in harvest will have no impact to 2016 bluefish recreational management measures since the annual catch limit was not exceeded, it will likely have implications for 2016 black sea bass recreational management measures. On the conference call, the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board will consider possible changes to state regulations for 2016.

The public is welcome to listen in on the discussion by phone (888.394.8197; passcode 815277) and view the WEBINAR. The meeting agenda is posted to the Commission website. Meeting materials are available HERE. Time permitting, there will be a limited opportunity to provide comments at the end of the agenda. The Board Chair will provide additional information on the procedures for accepting public comment at the beginning of the conference call. We ask 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 Kirby Rootes-Murdy, ISFMP Director, at krootes-murdy@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.

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