ASA and Conservation Partners Speak Out for Striped Bass
Last week, after months of public hearings, the ASMFC’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) met to finalize Addendum II which contains management changes for the 2024 striped bass season. Action on Addendum II follows a May 2023 decision where the Board voted 15-1 to evoke emergency action to address rising fishing mortality rates resulting from increased catches in 2022.
Louisiana Proposes Rule Change for Commercial Menhaden Fishing
At least 44 large-scale menhaden spills have happened in Louisiana waters over the past four years, with the tally rising from just two in 2020 to 18 last year. In response to these incidents, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is considering a rule change to expand the coastwide buffer for commercial menhaden fishing from ¼ mile to a mile offshore. The vote will take place on Thursday, February 1.
A Step Forward for Everglades Restoration
Last week, Martha Guyas, southeast fisheries policy director for ASA, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the filling of the first cell of the 6,500-acre Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Stormwater Treatment Area. The EAA Reservoir will help move clean water south which nourishes the Everglades, replenishes Florida’s aquifers, and supports Florida Bay. Additionally, the reservoir will help to reduce harmful discharges to the St. Lucie River, the Caloosahatchee River, and the Lake Worth Lagoon.
International Pacific Halibut Commission: Completion of the 100th Session of the IPHC Annual Meeting