Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment Public Comment Deadline – Friday, April 23

Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment Public Comment Deadline – Friday, April 23

The deadline to submit written comments on the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment is this Friday, April 23, 2021. The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are developing this joint amendment to address a wide range of issues related to management of the Atlantic Bluefish fishery. The amendment contains alternatives to:

Revise the fishery management plan (FMP) goals and objectives;
Modify the bluefish allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors;
Modify the commercial allocations to the states;
Initiate a rebuilding plan;
Revise the quota transfer processes;
Revise how the FMP accounts for management uncertainty; and
Revise the de minimis provisions in the Commission’s FMP.


Submit Comments Here


Details about the management alternatives being considered in this amendment are available at the following links
:

Public Hearing Document – an abbreviated version of the amendment which summarizes proposed management options and impacts

ASMFC Draft Amendment – a more comprehensive management document that will resemble the Commission’s final amendment once approved


Alternatives Quick Reference Guide – provides an overview of the alternatives under consideration in the amendment


Public Hearing Presentation on YouTube

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Written comments may be submitted through April 23, 2021 by any of the following methods:

ONLINE: Online Comment Form (recommended) |

EMAIL: mseeley@mafmc.org

MAIL: Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council 800 North State Street, Suite 201 Dover, DE 19901

FAX: 302-674-5399 Please include “Bluefish Amendment” in the subject line if using email or fax, or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Tips for Providing Public Comment
We value your input. To be most effective, we request that your comment include specific details as to why you support or oppose a particular alternative. Specifically, please address the following:

Which proposed alternative(s) do you support, and which do you oppose?

Why do you support or oppose the alternative(s)?

Is there any additional information you think should be considered?

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
www.mafmc.org
800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 674-2331 | Toll-Free: (877) 446-2362 | Fax: (302) 674-5399

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