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ASMFC Atlantic Herring Section Initiates Plan Amendment

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Herring Section initiated a new amendment with the primary purpose of more fully protecting spawning herring in Area 1A (in- shore Gulf of Maine). The draft amendment will review and consider changes to the Area 1A spawning area regulations as well as consider (1) removing the fi xed-gear set- aside rollover provision, (2) requiring the declaration of intended fi shing gear types prior to the quota periods, and (3) requiring vessel fi sh holds to be emptied of fi sh before leaving the dock on a fi shing trip. The draft amendment is initiated to correct inconsistencies in the application of current spawning area regulations. In preparation for the amendment, the Section has tasked the Technical Committee to re- view the current default closure dates, area delineations, and time periods. The draft amendment will also propose removing the rollover provision for the fi xed gear set- aside in order to allow for increased oppor- tunities for small scale fi xed gear fi shermen when Atlantic herring are present after the overall Area 1A quota has been harvested by the limited access fi shery. Further, the draft amendment will pro- pose that vessel owners declare in advance their intended fi shing gear type for each quo- ta period in order to provide managers with

an estimate of effort for each quota period and better inform the Section’s decisions regarding harvest control measures (e.g., days out). Additionally, in order to address concerns about the discards and full report- ing, the draft amendment will propose vessel holds be emptied of fi sh before leaving the dock on a fi shing trip. A Public Information Document (PID) will be developed in consultation with the New England Fishery Management Council to ensure consistent regulations with the federal fi shery management plan. The PID will be available for Section consideration in the Commission’s Spring Meeting. For more information, please contact, Melissa Yuen, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at or 703.842.0740.

ASMFC Winter Flounder Board Sets 2014 Recreational Measures for South- ern New England/Mid-Atlantic Stock The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries

Commission’s Winter Flounder Manage- ment Board set specifi cations for the 2014 recreational fi shing season for the Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) stock. The season will extend from March 1 to December 31 with a two fi sh creel limit. This change is an expansion of the 60-day recreational open season. The action is intended to increase fi shing opportunities in the southern range where other species’ availability may be limited later in the year.

Table 1. Minimum commercial and recreational management measures for the Inshore Winter Flounder FMP. No changes were specifi ed for FY2013.

All other commercial and recreational man- agement measures for the Gulf of Maine (GOM) and SNE/MA stocks will be main- tained (see Table 1 above). The Board reaffi rmed its commitment to work cooperatively with the New England Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office to effectively rebuild winter fl ounder stocks throughout their range. For more informa- tion, please contact, Melissa Yuen, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at myuen@ or 703.842.0740.

ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Region- al Management for 2014 Recreational Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Fisheries

The Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board approved Addendum XXV to the Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass

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Fishery Management Plan, establishing regional recreational management for both species for the 2014 fi shing year. For sum- mer fl ounder, the Addendum creates man- agement measures by region with the intent of providing more equity in recreational harvest opportunities along the coast, espe- cially between New York and New Jersey. The approved summer fl ounder regions are Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Connecti- cut through New Jersey; Delaware through Virginia; and North Carolina. For black sea bass, the Board also approved the continu- ation of management measures by northern (Massachusetts – New Jersey) and southern regions (Delaware – North Carolina). Addendum XXV was initiated to ad- dress a growing concern that current sum- mer fl ounder management measures are not providing recreational fi shermen along the coast with equitable harvest opportunities

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