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Old 09-26-2015, 10:13 AM
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ASMFC Releases Tautog Public Information Document for Public Comment -

ASMFC Releases Tautog Public Information Document for Public Comment - Public Hearing Scheduled for September 28 at 6 PM
Arlington, VA – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Tautog Management Board is seeking public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) for Draft Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The PID responds to the findings of the 2015 benchmark stock assessment which, unlike previous coast-wide assessments, evaluated stock status regionally to reflect differences in life history characteristics and harvest patterns. Based on its endorsed regional approach, the assessment also recommended associated biological reference points to guide management at the regional scale.
Since tautog are currently managed on a coast-wide basis, the Board initiated the PID to consider a new regional management approach. As the first step in the development of an amendment, the PID seeks to gather information concerning the tautog fishery and to provide an opportunity for the public to identify major issues and alternatives relative to the management of this species. Input received at the start of the amendment development process can have a major influence on the final outcome of the amendment. Issues presented in the PID include FMP goals and objectives, adaptive management, monitoring requirements and illegal fishing of tautog. In addition, in order to streamline the development of the plan amendment, the PID seeks specific input on the selection of regional stock areas for management use.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a hearing to gather public comment on the PID. The details follow:
Monday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Bureau of Marine Resources
205 North Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, New York
Contact: Steve Heins at (631) 444-0430
Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the PID either by attending the state public hearing or providing written comment. The PID is available at http://www.asmfc.org/files/PublicInp...nt_Aug2015.pdf and can also be accessed on the Commission website (www.asmfc.org) under Public Input.
Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on October 23, 2015 and should be forwarded to Ashton Harp, FMP Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A‐N, Arlington, VA 22201; (703) 842-0741 (FAX) or at aharp@asmfc.org (Subject line: Tautog PID).
For more information, please contact Ashton Harp, at aharp@asmfc.org or (703) 842-0740.
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