The closure of river herring fisheries in some Atlantic coastal states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina) and observed declines in river herring abundance have led to questions about the adequacy of current management of the species to promote healthy fish stocks.
1. River herring population monitoring requirements
Amendment 1 to the Fisheries Management Plan states in its objectives that existing regulations for river herring fisheries “should keep fishing mortality sufficiently low to ensure survival and enhancement of depressed stocks and the maintenance of stabilized stocks” (ASMFC 1999); however, questions regarding mortality levels and whether they are low enough to prevent further stock declines have arisen. The Commission and the public have also expressed concern over the lack of monitoring of river herring populations, fisheries and bycatch. This document has been developed to address these questions and concerns.
(See Draft Amendment 2 sections 3.1 and 3.2
2. Bycatch monitoring requirements
(See Draft Amendment 2 Section 3.3);
3. Commercial fisheries management measures
(See Draft Amendment 2 Section 4.1); and
4. Recreational fisheries management measures (See Draft Amendment 2 Section 4.2)
The full document can be found at www.asmfc.org
under “Breaking News”
The public is encouraged to submit comments during the public comment period.
Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on January 1, 2009
You may submit public comment in one or more of the following ways:
1. Attend public hearings held in your state or jurisdiction
2. Refer comments to your state’s member on the Shad and River Herring Management Board
or Advisory Panel, if applicable
3. Mail, fax, or email written comments to the following address:
Kate Taylor, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1444 Eye Street NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005 Phone:
(202) 289-6400 Fax: (202) 289-6051