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Release: Immediate
Date: April 2, 2012

NOAA Requests Comments on Proposed Rule to Establish Rebuilding Plan for Red Grouper and on Proposed Rule for Amendment 20A (wreckfish)

Below are Southeast Fishery Bulletins recently distributed from NOAA Fisheries Service that may be of interest:

NOAA Seeks Comments on a Proposed Rule to Establish a Rebuilding Plan for Red Grouper in the South Atlanticthe public comment period ends April 30, 2012

Amendment 24 would establish a rebuilding plan for red grouper in the South Atlantic. Actions proposed in the amendment include: implementation of Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Accountability Measures (AMs) for the commercial and recreational sectors; elimination of the aggregate ACLs and AMs currently in place for black grouper, red grouper and gag; and other measures.

NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comment on the Proposed Rule for Amendment 20A to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Regionthe public comment period ends April 30, 2012

Amendment 20A addresses the commercial sector of the wreckfish fishery, managed under an individual transferable quota (ITQ) system. 

To view a complete list of Fishery Bulletins, visit the NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office website at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov.

Relevant copies are also posted on the Council's website at www.safmc.net. Pardon cross-postings.


Release: Immediate
Contact: Tina Berger
Phone: 703-842-0740
Date: April 2, 2012

ASMFC Black Sea Bass Board Finalizes 2012 Recreational Measures

Arlington, Va. — Upon review of the latest black sea bass recreational data from last year (waves 1 – 6), the Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board has modified the percent that states may liberalize their 2012 recreational management measures to achieve the 1.32 million pound (942,857 fish) harvest limit for the 2012 fishery. The northern region states of Massachusetts through New Jersey will implement measures that achieve a 37% liberalization throughout the region and a 32% liberalization coastwide; the percent of liberalization will vary by state. Northern region states had the option to collectively liberalize regulations by 41% but opted to be more conservative. State-specific regulations follow below.

State

Minimum Size (inches)

Possession Limit

Open Season

Massachusetts 

14
 

10 fish

May 11 – June 24 

20 fish

June 25 – October 31

Rhode Island

13

15 fish

June 15 – December 31

Connecticut

13

15 fish

June 15 – December 31

New York

13

15 fish

June 15 – December 31

New Jersey

Still finalizing measures

Delaware

12.5

25 fish

May 22 – October 14
November 1 – December 31

Maryland

12.5

25 fish

May 22 – October 14
November 1 – December 31
(Season may change depending on federal regulations)

Virginia

12.5

25 fish

May 19 – October 14
November 1 – December 31

North Carolina

12.5

25 fish

May 19 – October 14
November 1 – December 31


Since the Board’s approval of Addendum XXII and the resultant 2012 state recreational management measures in February 2012, new 2011 recreational harvest estimates were released by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The data indicates the projections used to form the basis of this year’s regulations under-estimated the 2011 harvest. Coastwide recreational harvest for the 2011 black fishery is now estimated at 713,478 fish (versus the initial estimate of 654,142 fish).  As a result of the new estimate, northern states will still be able to liberalize their 2012 recreational management measures but not to the extent that they would have under the previous estimate (initial liberalization was 57%). The northern states will be working over the next month to finalize their recreational black sea bass management measures.

Based on the stock projections completed in 2011, the black sea bass stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring. The projections indicate the stock is at about 111% of its biomass target. For more information, please contact Toni Kerns, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Management, at tkerns@asmfc.org or 703-842-0740.

PR12-18

 


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