As you may be aware, NMFS has a draft amendment to their consolidated shark FMP. The draft amendment proposes changes to both commercial and recreational shark regulations. NMFS and DNR will host a joint public hearing regarding the proposed FMP on January 30th at the Ocean Pines Library. Staff from the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Division will present the draft amendment to the shark FMP and will be collecting public comment. As MD DNR’s representative to the HMS Advisory Panel, I would like to hear more about our commercial and recreational shark fisheries in Maryland. The public comment period for the amendment closes on February 12th.
More information about the draft amendment is availablehere: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/newslist/2012/11-15-12_a5_proposed_rule_listserv.pdfand more details of the meeting can be found here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/newslist/2012/12-28-12_updated_a5_public_hearing_notice.pdf
Please spread the word about this amendment and the meeting. Hope to see you on the 30th!
MD DNR Fisheries Service
Coastal Fisheries Program Manager