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Striped Bass Public Hearing Thursday, December 14

As a reminder, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will be holding a public hearing on Draft Addendum II in Maine on December 14 starting at 6:00PM. The draft addendum considers management measures designed to support stock rebuilding by reducing fishing mortality to the target in 2024. Stakeholders can join the public hearing in-person or via webinar.

To Join In-Person: 

Maine DMR Office – Augusta

Room 118, Marquardt Building

32 Blossom Lane, Augusta

To Join via Webinar:

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

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Meeting ID: 249 648 735 389 Passcode: UXEtrQ 

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Or call in (audio only)

+1 207-209-4724,,397100101#   United States, Portland 

Phone Conference ID: 397 100 101# 

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A copy of Draft Addendum II can be found HERE.

Draft Addendum II

The Board initiated Draft Addendum II in response to the low probability of meeting the 2029 stock rebuilding deadline if the unexpectedly high 2022 fishing mortality rate continues. The Draft Addendum builds upon the 2023 emergency action by considering management measures intended to reduce fishing mortality to the target level in 2024. For the recreational fishery, the Draft Addendum proposes recreational bag and size limit options for the ocean and Chesapeake Bay regions, including options with different limits for the for-hire modes. For the commercial fishery, the Draft Addendum proposes a quota reduction option. The Draft Addendum also proposes an option that would enable the Board to respond to the results of the stock assessment updates more quickly, via Board action, if the stock is not projected to rebuild by 2029.

Submitting Comments

All those interested in the management of striped bass are encouraged to provide input either by participating in public hearings or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 11:59 PM (EST) on December 22, 2023 and should be sent to Emilie Franke, FMP Coordinator, at 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, Virginia 22201; or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Striped Bass Draft Addendum II).

A copy of the full ASMFC press release can be found HERE.

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