Posts Tagged ‘ASMFC’

Coastal States to Implement MRIP Angler Survey

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Beginning in 2016, coastal states from Maine through Georgia will transition to conducting the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) to collect information on marine recreational fishing catch and effort data in their own waters, according to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).

APAIS, which is a component of the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), has been administered by NOAA Fisheries through a third party contractor.
Previous programs in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia indicated improved data quality, and stakeholder confidence in that data.

Based on those successes, the states, through the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), approved a plan to transition to state conduct of APAIS in 2016.

Under the plan, NOAA Fisheries will retain primary accountability for APAIS and will be responsible for survey design, catch and effort estimation, and public dissemination.

ASMFC/ACCSP will act as the central coordinator of the state-conducted APAIS and be responsible for data entry, compilation, quality control checks and edits, as well as formatting and delivery of intercept data to NOAA Fisheries.

States will manage field collection, which will be conducted by state employees in accordance with APAIS standard data collection protocols.

source: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

2015 Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Harvest Reductions

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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,

source: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

ASMFC Report: American Eel Passage Technologies

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has released a new report entitled: Proceedings of a Workshop on American Eel Passage Technologies.

The report summarizes the findings and recommendations of a July 2011 workshop that brought together over 120 biologists, engineers, and managers from around the world to explore the current state of eel passage at riverine migratory barriers.

The Workshop was funded by the Commission, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and NOAA Northeast Regional Office’s Habitat Conservation Restoration Center.

The workshop and its report respond to recent concerns regarding a decline in recruitment of American eels and the need to restore this species to historic habitats by providing passage for both upstream migrant juveniles and downstream migrant adults at riverine barriers, including dams.

Upstream and downstream eel passage require unique technologies and considerations. Unfortunately, traditional upstream fish passage structures, such as fishways and fish lifts, are often ineffective in passing juvenile eels, requiring the development of specialized passage structures for this species.

Although designs for such passage structure options are available and diverse, many biologists, managers, and engineers are unfamiliar with eel pass design and operation, or unaware of the available options. Downstream eel passage is not as well understood as upstream passage and technologies need to be developed and evaluated.

The workshop provided a forum for eel passage experts to share and discuss successful and unsuccessful passage technologies and evaluations from different parts of the world.

General guidelines on the design and operation of upstream eel passage structures are covered in the report and examples with specifications are provided for a variety of budgets and barrier types. Current technologies and experiences with downstream passage were also discussed at the workshop and are highlighted in the report. Research needs and questions identified during the workshop are included to guide next steps in improving both upstream and downstream American eel passage.

Proceedings of a Workshop on American Eel Passage Technologies can be found at:

source: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

CBF Weighs in on Atlantic Menhaden Management

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Hampton Roads Senior Scientist Chris Moore recently issued a statement regarding the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s proposed changes to the management of Atlantic menhaden:

“The number of young Atlantic menhaden entering the population each year has been down for nearly 20 years, and the total menhaden population is at its lowest level on record. The last peer-reviewed population estimate showed menhaden are currently overfished and have been for 32 of the past 54 years.

CBF is calling for changes to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s management plan in order to rebuild the menhaden population, including:

– A 25 percent reduction of the menhaden catch as a first step toward eliminating overfishing.

– Achieving the new target fishing mortality rate within five years.

– Allocation of the harvest at a 70:30 split between the industrial fishery and the local bait fisheries to avoid undue harm to local fishermen catching menhaden for bait.

source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

MD, VA to Hold Hearings on Striped Bass Draft Addendum II

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Maryland and Virginia are among Atlantic states that have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum II to Amendment 6 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled meetings follow:

Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
June 17, 2010; 7:00 PM
Ocean Pines Library
11107 Cathell Road
Berlin, Maryland
Contact: Carrie Kennedy at (410) 260-8295

July 19, 2010; 5:30 PM
Tawes State Office Building, C1 Conf. Room
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland
Contact: Carrie Kennedy at (410) 260-8295

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
June 28, 2010; 6:00 PM
2600 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor
Newport News, Virginia
Contact: Jack Travelstead at (757) 247-2247

The Draft Addendum proposes two changes to the striped bass management program: (1) an increase in the coastal commercial quota, and (2) revising the definition of recruitment failure based on Technical Committee advice.

The proposal to increase the coastal commercial quota is intended to improve equality between the commercial and recreational fishery sectors. Although Amendment 6 established management programs for both fisheries based on the same target fishing mortality rate, the implementation of state-specific quotas for coastal commercial harvest (and not for recreational harvest) has prevented the commercial and recreational fisheries from responding equally to changes in striped bass population size. Since 2003, coastal commercial harvest has decreased by 3.6 percent, while recreational harvest has increased by 13.7 percent. Under the option, the Board would select a percent increase to be applied to the coastal commercial allocations assigned in Amendment 6.

The Management Board voted to include a second issue in the Draft Addendum based on information presented at the meeting. As part of its review of the juvenile abundance indices, the Striped Bass Technical Committee recommended to the Management Board a revision to how striped bass recruitment failure is defined. Juvenile abundance indices are an important component of the striped bass monitoring program and are used to determine periods of recruitment failure which can trigger management action under Amendment 6. Adopting the proposed recommendation would result in a fixed value to determine recruitment failure in each surveyed area rather than a value that changes from year to year. Use of either the Amendment 6 definition or the Technical Committee recommendation for recruitment failure does not result in any necessary changes to the current management program.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum, either by attending public hearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addendum can be obtained via the Commission’s website at under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400.

Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on October 1, 2010 and should be forwarded to Nichola Meserve, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at (Subject line: Striped Bass Addendum II). For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator at (202) 289-6400 or

source: ASMFC press release

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