Scoping Hearing In Dover For A New Bluefish Allocation Amendment

Delaware will host a joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Scoping Hearing for a new Bluefish Allocation Amendment in the Dover Public Library, 35 E. Loockerman Street, Dover, DE 19901 on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6 PM.

The amendment will involve a comprehensive review of the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan’s (FMP) sector-based allocations, commercial allocations to the states, transfer processes, and goals and objectives. Specifically, the Council and Commission will consider whether modifications to the FMP’s goals, objectives, and allocation strategies for bluefish are needed.

Scoping is the first and best opportunity for members of the public to raise concerns related to the scope of issues that will be considered. The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding the range of potential issues to be addressed in the amendment. In addition to comments on allocation and transfer processes, the Council and Commission are interested in comments on the following topics:

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  • Fishery productivity
  • Ecosystem considerations
  • Changes in the fishery
  • Changes in distribution of bait fish
  • Average fish size
  • Changes in availability, effort, and marketability
  • Impacts of changes observed over time

The Scoping Document contains background information on bluefish management and on issues that may be addressed in the amendment, as well as a description of the amendment process and timeline. Additional information and updates will be posted at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/bluefish-allocation-amendment.

For more information about this Dover scoping hearing, please contact DNREC’s Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

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