Help Protect The Forage Fish

There are meetings occurring right now that will be very important to the forage fish that we need to keep in check to feed he very fish we like to catch.  If big industry starts harvesting forage fish the entire food chain could be at risk once they are exploited as a financial resource.  Just look to the menhaden and herring issues we have now.  Legislation has been created to increase fish stocks, now we need to protect their food so they can rebuild those stocks.  You can read more about this issue on John McMurrays’s article … OF Sand Eels and Tuna.  Myself and several people I know plan on attending one of these meetings and sending in public comments.   If you have the time please attend one of the meetings in your area or at least send in your public comments.  This is more important than many people realize.  Below is the hearing schedules and addresses for public comment taken from the MAFMC.org website.  Also there is a letter below written by David Sikorski of the CCA, a necessary read.  David has been at the forefront of this issue, doing a lot of work.

Thank you and please help any way you can, it only takes a few minutes to send an email, fax, or stamped mail.

Hearing Schedule … from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

  1. Tuesday September 15, 2015. 6:30–8:30 pm. — North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries Washington Regional Office Hearing Room. Washington Square Mall, 943 Washington Street, Washington, NC, 27889. Telephone: 252-946-6481.
  2. Wednesday September 16, 2015. 6:00–8:00 pm. — Virginia Marine Resources Commission 4th Floor Meeting Room. 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA, 23607. Telephone: 757-247-2200.
  3. Thursday September 17, 2015. 6:30–8:30 pm. — Congress Hall Hotel. 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ, 08094. Telephone: 844-264-5030.
  4. Monday September 21, 2015. 6:30–8:30 pm. — Kingsborough Community College Building T-3. 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, 11235. Telephone: 718-368-5000.
  5. Monday September 28, 2015. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. — University of Rhode Island Bay Campus Corless Auditorium. 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI, 02882. Telephone: 401-874-6222. (Directions)
  6. Tuesday September 29, 2015. 6:30–8:30 pm. — New York Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Marine Resources Hearing Room. 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1, East Setauket, NY, 11733. Telephone: 631-444-0430.
  7. Wednesday September 30, 2015. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. — Worcester County Library Ocean Pines Branch Meeting Room. 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD, 21811. Telephone: 410-208-4014.
  8. Thursday October 1, 2015. 6:30–8:30 pm. — Webinar. Information on how to connect to the webinar will be available on the events page of the Council website: www.mafmc.org/council-events/. There will be an audio only option which will require a phone connection.
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Public Written Comments …

The Council will also accept written comments through 11:59 pm on Friday October 2, 2015. Written comments may be sent through any of the following methods:

  • Online at www.mafmc.org/comments/unmanaged-forage
  • Mailed to: Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901.  (Please write “unmanaged forage scoping comments” on the outside of the envelope.)
  • Emailed to: Julia Beaty, Assistant Fishery Plan Coordinator, at jbeaty@mafmc.org. (Please write “unmanaged forage scoping comments” in the subject line.)
  • Faxed to: Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at fax number 302-674-5399. (Please write “unmanaged forage scoping comments” in the subject line.)

 

cca, save the forage fish, asmfc, msmfc, dnrec, baitfish lives matter
A letter to all mid-Atlantic fishermen by David Sikorski

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