Public Comment Sought on Atlantic Menhaden Management

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is seeking input from stakeholders and those interested in Atlantic menhaden concerning changes observed in the resource and potential management measures, which include a possible increase of the commercial quota for the species by 10%.

Draft Amendment 3 was initiated following Board review and acceptance of the 2015 Stock Assessment and Peer Review report, which found the menhaden resource in good condition—not overfished nor experiencing overfishing. Population fecundity, a measure of reproductive capacity, was estimated to be roughly double the threshold value (86.8 trillion eggs). Additionally, total fishing mortality was estimated to be 0.22, below both the fishing mortality threshold (1.26) and target (0.38).

A Public Information Document (PID) outlining a number of issues in the fishery and soliciting feedback on how the resource should be managed is available at http://www.asmfc.org/files/PublicInput/AtlMenhadenAmend3PID_PublicComment.pdf.

Specifically, the PID presents a suite of tools to manage the menhaden resource using ecological reference points and provides options to allocate the resource among the states, regions, and user groups. In addition to the specific issues identified in the PID, commenters are welcome to provide input on all aspects of the fishery and resource, including recommendations for future management.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on the PID either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. Comments can be submitted via the Commission’s website, www.asmfc.org, under “Public Input.” They can also be submitted via email at comments@asmfc.org (subject line: “Menhaden PID”) or by mail at Megan Ware, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 842-0741 (FAX).

Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on January 4, 2017.

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is seeking input from stakeholders and those interested in Atlantic menhaden concerning changes observed in the resource and potential management measures, which include a possible increase of the commercial quota for the species by 10%.

Draft Amendment 3 was initiated following Board review and acceptance of the 2015 Stock Assessment and Peer Review report, which found the menhaden resource in good condition—not overfished nor experiencing overfishing. Population fecundity, a measure of reproductive capacity, was estimated to be roughly double the threshold value (86.8 trillion eggs). Additionally, total fishing mortality was estimated to be 0.22, below both the fishing mortality threshold (1.26) and target (0.38).

A Public Information Document (PID) outlining a number of issues in the fishery and soliciting feedback on how the resource should be managed is available at http://www.asmfc.org/files/PublicInput/AtlMenhadenAmend3PID_PublicComment.pdf.

Specifically, the PID presents a suite of tools to manage the menhaden resource using ecological reference points and provides options to allocate the resource among the states, regions, and user groups. In addition to the specific issues identified in the PID, commenters are welcome to provide input on all aspects of the fishery and resource, including recommendations for future management.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on the PID either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. Comments can be submitted via the Commission’s website, www.asmfc.org, under “Public Input.” They can also be submitted via email at comments@asmfc.org (subject line: “Menhaden PID”) or by mail at Megan Ware, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 842-0741 (FAX).

Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on January 4, 2017.