MAFMC & ASMFC Set Black Sea Bass Specs for 2017-18 – Benchmark Assessment Finds Resource Not Overfished & Overfishing Not Occurring

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) have approved revised specifications for the 2017 black sea bass fishing year as well as specifications for the 2018 fishing year for the Northern black sea bass stock (Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to the US-Canadian border). The revised specifications are based on the results of the 2016 benchmark stock assessment, which found the stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring. The approved limits are consistent with the recommendations of the Council’s Science and Statistical Committee. The Commission’s actions are final and apply to state waters (0-3 miles from shore). The Council will forward its recommendations for federal waters (3 – 200 miles from shore) to NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Administrator for final approval. Read the rest here 11:23

  • Rocky Novello

    HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE OUR REGULATORS AND MANAGEMENT COUNCILS TO UPDATE THEIR LAGGING SCIENCE , MOST OF OUR FISH STOCKS ARE BACK STRONG !
    TODAY MORE FISH IS BEING DUMPED , THAN BEING LANDED BECAUSE OF OUTDATED SCIENCE AND BEING MISMANAGED BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF WHATS HAPPENING IN OUR OCEAN NOW !!, NOT IN THE PAST ?? LETS MAKE FISHING GREAT AGAIN !!!