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Public hearings on Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI will be held on September 23 - 25 in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
By Toby Lapinski  |  September 19, 2019
Remember that if you cannot make the meetings this week in person, written comment may be submitted via fax, email or snail mail.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board has released Draft Addendum VI to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass for public comment. Several states have already conducted their hearings, and Rhode Island and Connecticut are up next as noted below, with Maine, New Hampshire and Masachusetts to follow.

A complete list of all hearings can be found at TheFisherman.com.

Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife
September 24, 2019 at 6 PM
University of Rhode Island Bay Campus
Corless Auditorium
South Ferry Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Contact: Nicole Lengyel Costa at 401.423.1940

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
September 23, 2019 at 7 PM
Marine Headquarters, Boating Education Center
333 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Contact: Justin Davis at 860.434.6043

September 25, 2019 at 7 PM
Port 5 Hall
69 Brewster Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Contact: Justin Davis at 860.434.6043

Draft Addendum VI was initiated in response to the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment, which indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing. The Draft Addendum explores a range of management alternatives designed to end overfishing and reduce fishing mortality to the target level in 2020.

The Draft Addendum proposes management options for both commercial and recreational sectors in the ocean and in Chesapeake Bay in order to reduce total fishery removals by 18% relative to 2017 levels. The proposed measures include reduced quotas for commercial fisheries, and changes in bag limits, minimum sizes, and slot size limits for the recreational sector. Since catch and release practices represent a significant component of overall fishing mortality, the Draft Addendum also explores the mandatory use of circle hooks when fishing with bait to reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries.

Draft Addendum VI is available at www.asmfc.org or via the Commission’s website. Fishermen and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum VI either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM (EST) on October 7, 2019 and should be sent to Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Striped Bass Draft Addendum VI).