Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife to host virtual ASMFC hearing on Atlantic Cobia Draft Addendum

Dover … (Sept 22, 2020) … DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will join the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission to host a virtual Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission hearing on Draft Addendum I to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia.on Thursday, September 24  at 6 p.m.

The Draft Addendum proposes strategies that could reduce commercial percent allocations, without reducing the commercial quota below its 2019 level (50,000 pounds). Options for lower commercial allocations were proposed because of a large increase in the 2020-2022 total quota, which resulted in a larger commercial quota (as 8% of the total). The higher overall quota is due, in part, to the increase in recreational catch estimates that resulted from the 2018 calibration of recreational data to the new, mail-based Fishing Effort Survey conducted by the Marine Recreational Information Program. The updated recreational data were incorporated into the 2020 assessment, which estimated a greater abundance of fish than the previous assessment and provided the basis for the 2020-2022 total quota.

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Details on Draft Addendum I and instructions for connecting to this virtual hearing are available at: http://www.asmfc.org/calendar/9/2020/DE,-MD-and-PRFC-Regional-Public-Hearing-on-Atlantic-Cobia-Draft-Addendum-I/1600

For additional information regarding this hearing, please contact the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Fisheries Section at 302-739-9914.

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