Virtual Public Hearing: Tidal Finfish Regulations For Cobia and Tilefish
(Dover July 19, 2021) … The DNREC Division of Fish and wildlife will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2021-R-F-0007) on proposed revisions to the Tidal Finfish Regulations for Cobia and Tilefish. Public comment period open through Aug. 6, 2021.
Event Number: 173 319 0455
Dial-in Number: 1-408-418-9388
Closed-captioning available by request if made at least 7 days before the event.
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The hearing will take place in two stages, first addressing proposed revisions to 7 DE Admin. Code 3550 “Cobia” and then proposed revisions to 7 DE Admin. Code 3542 “Tilefish.”
The objectives of revising 7 DE Admin. Code 3550 are to implement changes to the minimum size, vessel limit and season, depending on the option chosen, required for Delaware to maintain compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum I to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia.
The objectives of revising 7 DE Admin. Code 3542 are to implement changes to the recreational and commercial daily possession limits and establish a closed recreational season for Blueline Tilefish. These changes will make the Tilefish regulation in Delaware state waters identical to the federal waters regulation.
The proposed amendments may be inspected online starting July 1, 2021 at regulations.delaware.gov/services/current_issue.shtml or in-person, by appointment only, by contacting John H. Clark, by phone at (302) 739-9914 or by email at John.Clark@delaware.gov.
Those wishing to offer verbal comments during DNREC virtual public hearings must pre-register no later than noon on the date of the virtual hearing at de.gov/dnreccomments or by telephone at 302-739-9295.
The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. Comments will be accepted in written form via email to DNRECHearingComments@delaware.gov, using the online form at de.gov/dnreccomments, or by U.S. mail to addressbelow.