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New, more restrictive regulations sought for bass fishing

Many anglers and conservation groups are putting pressure on fish managers to tighten limits on recreational and commercial fishing of striped bass. <Read more here> 18:43

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New Measures Proposed for Federal Waters Lobster Fishery

Seeking comments on proposed changes to the federal-register for Lobster Conservation Management Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5, including trap reductions in Areas 2 and 3, and broodstock measures is Areas 2, 3, 4, and 5. The proposed measures aim to reduce fishing exploitation and reduce latent effort in the trap fishery to scale the fishery to the size of the Southern New England lobster stock.   The deadline for public comment is August 25, 2014. Read more here  ASMFC info here 11:23
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UPDATED: Maine’s shrimp fishery may face new restrictions

Federal regulators, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, may limit the number of fishermen allowed to catch northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine once the depleted fishery reopens. Read more here (Reading between the lines, here comes Catch Shares for this fishery!) 12:51

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Elver Conservation Proposals Meet Maine Industry’s Resistance

An analysis by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission finds that American eel stocks are being depleted.  The group was in the state today, taking testimony on ways to preserve the species over the long term. But Elver fishermen and dealers say strict measures like additional quotas aren’t needed to protect eels along the eastern seaboard. Listen and read more here 19:32

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In Maine, a key day for elvers regulation

The panel deciding whether to set catch limits or even close the fishery will take comments from fishermen and state officials, and there could be tension. The hearings in Hallowell and Brewer will be held by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which has the authority to set catch limits and establish other rules governing East Coast fisheries from Maine to Florida. Read more here 07:55

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission proposes new rules for American eel

The commission is considering 25 options for revising regulations for commercial fishing for glass, yellow and silver eels, from keeping the status quo to permitting aquaculture with permits to new catch limits. Read more here 11:09

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to consider capping shrimp licenses

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission restricts the impact of fishing on northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine by setting a cap on the total amount of shrimp that can be harvested by licensed fishermen from the three gulf states — Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Read more here 16:38

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to consider next Maine shrimp season

Federal regulators will hold a meeting in New Hampshire to consider whether there will be a commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in 2014-15. Read more here 12:21

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to consider next Maine shrimp season

Federal regulators will hold a meeting in New Hampshire to consider whether there will be a commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in 2014-15. Read more here 07:41

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Fisheries panel could limit rockfish catch in three year phase-in

Cutbacks would affect all sectors of the fishery — commercial, charter and recreational — and could include limiting the number of fish or pounds commercial fishermen could take, and jiggering the number or weight of individual fish taken by charter or recreational fishermen. Read more here 13:51

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Virginia abided by menhaden catch limit for 2013

In late 2012, Virginia and other Atlantic states adopted the first coast-wide catch limit for menhaden in a historic effort to save the “most important fish in the sea” from years of overfishing. Read more here 

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Connecticut inches toward lucrative eel industry

Days after a deal by state lawmakers , a 15-state regional agency proposed to ease rules allowing broader access to the multimillion-dollar global eel market. “Why is it so overwhelmingly concentrated in one state? If we’re going to have fisheries, let’s talk about opening it more fairly,”  Read more here  13:58

 

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New rockfish catch limits eyed

Worried by recent declines in the numbers of Maryland’s state fish, Atlantic states fisheries regulators are weighing slashing the annual striped bass catch by up to one-third next year all along the East Coast and in the Chesapeake Bay. “It’s called being regulated out of business,” said Robert T. Brown Sr., president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association. He contended that “there’s no shortage of fish.” Read more here 21:25

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Falmouth Ma. police tip foils lucrative elver eel poaching

FALMOUTH — The Falmouth Department of Marine and Environmental Services responded to a suspected case of elver poaching Saturday, saving about 35 pounds of the young and valuable eels. The department received a tip when a driver near a herring run saw two men who quickly left in a truck when the passer-by tried to engage them, department Deputy Director Chuck Martinsen said. Read more here  08:24

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Saving Striped Bass (It sounds so dramatic!)

By June, the fish will be racing through these waters on the way to coastal New England as part of their northern migration, a biological spectacle akin to the movement of salmon on the West Coast. But with the striped bass population in decline, competition for the prized catch has intensified between recreational and commercial fishermen, setting up a showdown over a fishery that generates, according to one study, several billion dollars a year. Read more here

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Different states with different rules sting SouthCoast fluke fishermen

sct logoPOINT JUDITH, R.I. — April 9 was a good day for Tony Borges, captain of the Sao Paulo. He only had to throw 100 pounds of fish overboard. That’s 100 pounds of fluke, roughly 33 individual fish, most of which were already dead. Read more here  08:55

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Maine elver eeling begins Sunday under strict quotas, monitoring

For the first time, fishermen eelers will be required to stay within individual catch quotas in response to rising concerns about the sustainability of one of only two elver fisheries in the U.S. Maine also is implementing an electronic swipe card system that will allow regulators to monitor how many eels are being caught daily and shut down individual fishermen – or the entire season – if limits are exceeded.  Read more here kennebecjournal  08:39

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Maine lobster industry encouraged to plan ahead for likely fishery decline

BDNPatrick Keliher, commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, stressed that message Tuesday to a few dozen lobstermen and other people who attended an industry meeting at the local Neighborhood House.  Read more here  07:29

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Lawmakers sink Passamaquoddy bid to exempt tribal fishermen from individual elver catch quotas

BDNDue to concerns about the impact on the population of American eels from Maine’s elver fishery — the only such fishery on the East Coast that nets any significant amount of the newborn eels — Maine, for the first time ever, has imposed individual quotas on elver fishermen. Read more here  08:45

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Maine tribe resists same-rules-for-all elvers plan that caps individual catches

Under the bill, tribal fishermen would be subject to the same individual catch limits as other Maine fishermen. But the Passamaquoddies contend the tribe has made numerous other concessions, limiting itself to just one type of gear and agreeing to a decrease in its overall share of the elver harvest. Passamaquoddy officials say choosing who can fish is cultural, not just a matter of conservation. Read more here  21:35

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2013 Annual Report to Congress: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Read the 2013  Annual Report here. 08:20

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – “Sustainably Managing Atlantic Coast Fisheries”

Sustainably Managing Atlantic Coastal Fisheries – Five year strategic plan – 2014-2018  Read the report here  09:53

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approves Maine’s elver plan

BDNELLSWORTH, Maine — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has agreed to allow Maine to restrict its annual elver harvest with a statewide quota, rather than by a cap on the number of licenses that can be issued throughout the state. Read more@BDN  19:46

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Catch-22 hobbles sea bass fishery – a combination of regulatory red tape, inadequate science and cautious regulators.

Black sea bass are everywhere, says charter boat captain Dorwin “Gov” Allen of Marstons Mills. They’re in Nantucket Sound, of course, but they are also in Cape Cod Bay, and 20 or more miles east of Chatham, where they were once rarely seen. They are even being caught in New Hampshire, once considered too cold, in numbers that surpass catches in North Carolina and Maryland. Read more@capecodonline  07:38

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Fluke Fight. New Jersey fights New York’s efforts to take summer flounder

New Jersey fluke fishermen claim New York is trying to take their fish. The border war of sorts has been going on for several years but appears to finally be heading toward a vote on the issue in February. New Jersey has the bulk of the quota for fluke, also known as summer flounder, on the East Coast. New York is No. 2 and wants to increase its harvest. “It’s New York looking at extra fish we have in New Jersey. It’s as simple as that,” said Tom Fote, of the Toms River-based Jersey Coast Anglers Association. Read more@pressofatlanticcity  13:17

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Mandated elver catch reduction to be discussed Jan. 2 in Brewer, Me

BDNThe purpose of the meeting is for Maine Department of Marine Resources officials to talk to elver fishermen and dealers about landings reductions that have been mandated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The commission has told Maine that it must reduce its 2014 elver landings total by 25 to 40 percent from the 2013 harvest total. Read more@bdn  18:07

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Northern Shrimp: first casualty of New England warming water? – Tragically, the answer is maybe

untitledThe Gulf of Maine is the southernmost extent of the range for this cold water species and the water in the Gulf has been getting warmer since the 1960s (see graph). Shrimp require specific water temperature and chemistry during spawning and for larval shrimp survival. In the past, shrimp success has been lower during warm water events in the Gulf of Maine. It is possible that the warming trend in the Gulf of Maine is causing spawning events to not occur or to have very low survival rates for larval shrimp. Read more@workingwaterfront  08:36

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Maine says it must curtail the elver harvest because of declining population, but fishermen say their livelihood is being interfered with.

Industry officials supported quotas based on historical catch during the first public hearing hosted by state regulators this week in Augusta. Another hearing will be held Jan. 2 in Brewer. “We’re being led down the road by bad science. It’s a data-poor species, so the scientists would rather err on the side of caution. That’s because they get paid and we don’t. They get a check every week. We only get paid if we catch something,” said Jeffrey Pierce, executive director of the Maine Elver Fishermen’s Association. more@portlandpress  17:28

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Maine Shrimp: “We are screwed,” – Warming ocean, absence of springtime plankton surge, predation by other species, and of course the “obligatory” overfishing

untitledAn advisory council had recommended that the fishery remain open on a limited basis in 2014, from mid-February through March. Past seasons have run from December through May. Spencer Fuller, the shrimp product line manager for Cozy Harbor Seafood in Portland, said that recommendation was rejected by the commission, which represents Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He said the compromise would have kept the industry going and prevented its reputation from being damaged in world markets. “We felt the risk of any damage to the fishery based on that proposal would have been minimal,” Fuller said. “We certainly don’t agree with (the commission’s) Draconian approach.” more@portlandpress  17:50

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Pulls the Plug on Gulf of Maine Shrimp Fishery

“The Northern Shrimp Technical Committee has considered the Gulf of Maine northern shrimp stock to have collapsed with very little hope for recovery in the near future,” Kelly Whitmore, chairwoman of the committee, told members of a section advisory panel Tuesday morning. “There are no small shrimp around right now. It doesn’t bode well for the future.” more@BDN 16:34

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Gulf of Maine Shrimp season may be a non-starter

In a report prepared last week, the Northern Shrimp Technical Committee of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said it will recommend a total “moratorium on fishing in 2014 to maximize spawning potential” of the Gulf of Maine shrimp population. more@GDTgdt icon 09:55

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Dr. Louis Daniel, Director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries new chairman of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

A 1995 graduate of the Ph.D. program in William & Mary’s School of Marine Science at VIMS, Daniel has served as an ASMFC Commissioner since 2007. Established in 1942, the Commission is a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of 25 near-shore fish species from Florida to Maine. Daniel replaces Paul J. Diodati of Massachusetts. more@vims,edu  15:33

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Changes loom for Maine elver fishery – catch limits – swipe-card monitoring of elver sales – welfare fraud prevention project

Maine’s lucrative elver fishery is facing some big changes, including smaller catch quotas and a new swipe-card monitoring system that state officials hope will help manage the resource while reducing the poaching of baby eels that fetched up to $2,000 a pound last season. more@portlandpress 12:08

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Rules on striped bass fishing could become tougher

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announced last week that the female spawning stock biomass for Atlantic striped bass has continued to decline since 2004 and is estimated at 128 million pounds, about 31 million pounds below the target, although overfishing is not to blame. more@providencejournal.com 19:39

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“I don’t know what we’ll find here,” Enigmatic eels a focus of concern

 On a chilly morning when other watermen on the Patuxent River dredged for  oysters, Jimmy Trossbach sought more slippery quarry — American eels. Last week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which oversees  near-shore fishing along the coast, put off a decision on catch limits until May  while one state, Maine, works to slash its commercial harvest of young “glass”  eels. more@baltimoresun  08:08

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission: Atlantic Striped Bass not overfished or experiencing overfishing

That’s right! After this week’s meeting we’re pleased to announce that the recent benchmark assessment indicates that the Atlantic Striped Bass resource is not overfished or experiencing overfishing relative to proposed new reference points defined in the assessment.  more@asmfc.org 12:14

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UPDATED: Maine’s elver-fishing industry could be affected by new regulations – harvest to be cut by 25% in 2014

The American Eel Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting Wednesday in Georgia to discuss and possibly vote on new regulations. Options range from maintaining the status quo to imposing quotas to closing the fishery. more@kennebecjournal 12:12  new info here

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources responds to watermen lawsuit

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has responded to a lawsuit filed against it on Oct. 18, alleging that menhaden limits were set illegally after not following proper implementation procedure. more@stardem.com

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – fishermen disagree on shrimp stocks

There is, it seems, more bad news coming out of the ocean than fish. In yet another blow to local commercial fishermen who work the Gulf of Maine winter shrimp season, it appears the 2013-14 shrimping season may be even more dismal than last year’s abbreviated and paltry campaign. more@GDT 02:13

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Roll’s Out New Wesite!

Check it out. Eye appealing and functional. http://www.asmfc.org/  14:52

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Locals reflect on dying industry as Sound closes to fall lobster harvesting

T0912_Lobster_cover_CM_C.jpgA third-generation lobsterman, Matt DeMaula has patrolled Long Island Sound alongside his father and uncles for more than two decades. When he thinks back to his early days in the profession, the Mattituck native can recall some remarkable fall seasons. A combination of rising water temperatures, low dissolved oxygen, pesticide runoff and nitrogen loading proved too much for the crustaceans, causing an extreme die-off in 1999, said Emerson Hasbrouck, senior marine environmental issues educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. more@thesuffolktimes  10:47

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Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission sinks Connecticut lobster industry

“We have been beaten to death around the clock,” said Frate at his seafood store on Darien’s Post Road last week. Since the die-off that began in September 1999 when lobstermen in the western Sound started pulling dead and dying lobsters up in their traps, Frate says the state’s lobstermen have been subjected to a series of gauge increases — continually increasing the size of legal lobsters — and gate size increases on the traps which have allowed bigger and bigger lobsters to escape capture. more@newstimes  09:37

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Connecticut: Crustaceous canary? Prevailing lack of confidence that this sacrifice will do much of anything

lob_thumbThe state’s lobstermen seem to be stoically and inexorably accepting the first-ever ban on lobster gathering in Long Island Sound. What is most distressing, however, is the prevailing lack of confidence that this sacrifice will do much of anything to restore the struggling fishery.,,  A third theory is that lobsters are suffering because other species are flourishing. Striped bass, scup and other predatory fish like to make a meal of young lobsters. more@theday  07:43

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Maine fisheries scientist Maggie Hunter is honored for her work

PORTLAND — A fisheries scientist from Maine has been recognized by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for her years of contributions to fisheries science and management. more@portlandpressherald

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UPDATED: Regulators delay decision on quotas for baby eels – elver fishermen will have to wait six more months

Maine’s elver fishermen will have to wait six more months or more to find out whether regulators will impose quotas or other restrictions on the highly profitable industry for baby eels. @morningsentinal

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission considering quotas for Maine eels

Regulators from East Coast states are  considering possible new regulations that could place an annual quota  on Maine’s lucrative eel fishery. @kennebecjournal

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The debate over catch limits and quotas for elvers in Maine and other Atlantic states

The board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Wednesday in Virginia to decide whether to move ahead on its working group’s recommendations or incorporate details not included in the most recent management plan. At stake is a fishery that’s worth tens of millions of dollars a year in Maine alone, with baby eels often selling for $2,000 a pound or more. @kennebecjournal

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NYS Assembly kills bill extending striped bass season – would have ensured that quotas can be reached even if affected by natural causes.”

Bonnie Brady, executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, said the bill would have helped fishermen meet their quotas, even if stormy weather or other conditions prevented them from getting out to fish. The regulations were put in place to protect the bass when their population plummeted in the 1980s. Now the stock has been rebuilt, Ms. Brady said. “It’d be nice if the regulations would come into the 21st century like the fishermen have,” she said. continued@shelterislandreporter

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Hammerhead shark protection debated – National Marine Fisheries Service pushed by WildEarth Guardians and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

A proposal to protect the great hammerhead shark has sparked a debate over whether federal protection is necessary to conserve a majestic ocean predator or whether this would just impose an unnecessary burden on the fishing industry. continued@sunsentinal

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Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; American Lobster Fishery – Proposed Rule; Request For Comments.

American Lobster Fishery; Fishing Effort Control Measures To Complement Interstate Lobster Management Recommendations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. NMFS proposes new Federal American lobster regulations that would control lobster trap fishing effort by limiting access into the lobster trap fishery in Lobster Conservation Management Area 2 (Federal nearshore waters in Southern New England; Area 2), and in the Outer Cape Cod Lobster Conservation Management Area (Federal nearshore waters east of Cape Cod, MA; Outer Cape Area). continued@federal register

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Proposed Measures to Limit Lobster Trap Fishing Effort in Federal Waters — DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS IS JULY 29

At the request of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which has the lead for American lobster management, NOAA Fisheries NMFS today announced proposed measures to control trap fishing effort in Area 2 (Federal inshore waters–Southern New England) and the Outer Cape Area (Federal inshore waters east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts) and to provide a way for lobster fishermen to scale their businesses to optimum efficiency through the purchase and sale of lobster trap allocations. Click here for more information. To view the federal register notice, click here and then on tab that says June.

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