2015 Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Harvest Reductions

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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board recently approved Addendum IV to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass.

The Addendum establishes new fishing mortality (F) reference points, as recommended by the 2013 benchmark stock assessment.

The Chesapeake Bay states/jurisdictions will reduce their 2012 Bay commercial harvest level by 20.5% and will submit conservation equivalency proposals to achieve a 20.5% reduction from the Bay recreational fishery.

The Addendum will be implemented on January 1, 2015. The Technical Committee will review any submitted conservation equivalency proposals by the states and the Board will review and consider approval of those proposals at the Commission’s Winter Meeting in Alexandria, VA.

Addendum IV will be made available on the Commission’s website, www.asmfc.org.

source: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

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