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MA: Notice of Marine Fisheries public meetings March 15 and March 16, 2011

MarineFisheries will hold two public meetings to discuss the
renewal of the winter and spring cod conservation zones, as well as
commercial and recreational management measures for scup, black sea
bass and fluke. The details of these regulatory proposals are
provided in the public meeting agenda below.

At the March 15 meeting, MarineFisheries will present and take
public comment on a late-breaking addendum to the Black Sea Bass
Management Plan on behalf of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Commission. If adopted, the addendum would allow a single state or
a group of states to devise specific recreational fishery
regulatory measures for 2011. If the addendum is not adopted
region-wide measures would be enacted, including a closure of the
fishery from May through June, an increase in minimum size from
12.5″ to 13″ and a 20 or 25 fish bag limit.

Public Meeting Agenda

1. Commercial Scup, Black Sea Bass and Fluke Management

A. Double all current state-waters trip limits for the
commercial scup fishery;

B. Increase the summer fluke hook fishery trip limit from 200 lbs
to 300 lbs;

C. Align the commercial black sea bass seasons so a directed
fishery, with a 500 lb trip limit for potters and a 200 lb trip
limit for all other gear types, begins on August 1 and allow for a
May fishery with a 50 lb or 20 fish trip limit and open days
corresponding with the scup fishery.

2. Recreational Scup, Black Sea Bass and Fluke Management

A. Status quo for the recreational scup fishery;

B. Open the fluke fishing season of May 22 to September 30 and
decrease minimum size to 17.5″;

C. Adopt the proposed ASMFC coast-wide measures for black sea bass,
and discuss potential state management measures pursuant to the
adoption of ASMFC’s addendum to the black sea bass management
plan.

3. Winter and Spring Cod Conservation Zone Closures

A. Renew the December 1 – January 31 winter and May 1 – July 21
spring cod conservation zone closures.

Meeting Locations and Times

6:00 – 9:00 PM March 15, 2011 at the Falmouth Public High
School

874 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540

6:00 – 9:00 PM March 16, 2011 at the Annisquam River
Station

30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

 

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