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Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are developing a joint amendment to reevaluate and potentially revise the commercial and recreational sector allocations in the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass (link leaves DEC website) Fishery Management Plan.

MAFMC and ASMFC have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Allocation Amendment. New York State's hearing is scheduled for:

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)
Endeavor Hall, Room 120
Stony Brook, New York 11794
Please note: Bluefish Allocation hearing directly follows this meeting. Details below.

In addition to providing comments at the hearing, you may submit written comments by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Online (link leaves DEC website)
  • Email: jbeaty@mafmc.org
  • Mail or Fax:
    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 "Fluke/Scup/Sea Bass Allocation Amendment" in the subject line if using email or fax, or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments. All comments, regardless of submission method, will be compiled into a single document for review and consideration by both the MAFMC and ASFMC.

Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are developing the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment (link leaves DEC website) to review and possibly revise the allocation of Atlantic bluefish between the commercial and recreational fisheries and the commercial allocations to the states.

MAFMC will hold scoping hearings to gather public input for the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. MAFMC is developing this action in cooperation with ASMFC in order to:

  1. Update the goals and objectives of the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP);
  2. Perform a comprehensive review of the bluefish sector allocations, commercial allocations to the states, and transfer processes; and
  3. Initiate a bluefish rebuilding plan.

Please note: This process will amend the Bluefish FMP. During this scoping process, specific recreational management measures will not be decided.

Scoping hearing in New York State is scheduled for:

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)
Endeavor Hall, Room 120
Stony Brook, New York 11794

In addition to providing comments at the hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 pm EDT on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  • Online (link leaves DEC website)
  • Email: mseeley@mafmc.org
  • Mail or Fax:
    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 Scoping Comments" in the subject line if using email or fax, or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments. All comments, regardless of submission method, will be compiled into a single document for review and consideration by both the MAFMC and ASMFC.