Tag Archives: public hearing

Maine Lobstermen Say They Aren’t Harming Threatened Coral Beds

The fragile deep-sea corals that populate the canyon walls and basins in the Gulf of Maine provide habitat for many species of fish as well as baby lobster, crabs and squid. But the New England Fisheries Management Council has concluded that the northeast coral beds are threatened when they are disturbed by commercial fishing operations and is weighing new restrictions that could affect Maine.  The council held a public hearing in Ellsworth Thursday night, where lobstermen spoke in support of a plan that protects coral colonies while still allowing them to haul their traps.  Most of the lobstermen who spoke agree that the coral beds in the Gulf of Maine play an important role in the overall health of the marine ecosystem. And most, such as Cranberry Isles fisherman Jack Merrill, think that Maine lobstermen and the coral beds have been getting along well for decades. Click here to read the story 18:21

R.I. quota for menhaden the focus of debate

About 30 recreational and commercial fishermen, fish processors, environmental groups (like Save the Bay) and fish managers attended Monday’s public hearing on Atlantic menhaden at the URI Bay Campus held by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The two main issues at the hearing were the use of ecosystem-based management strategies to determine stock status and allowable catch limits, and landing time frames, which would be used to determine allocation of quota. The Atlantic menhaden plan will be the first ASMFC plan that utilizes ecosystem-based management in this fashion. Meghan Lapp of Seafreeze, Ltd., North Kingstown (the largest producer and trader of sea-frozen fish on the East Coast) and a member of the ASMFC Atlantic menhaden Advisory Panel, said “Historically, Rhode Island has landed a lot more fish than the allocation reflects.” Read the column here 16:30

Jan. 5, 2015 Public Hearing, Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 – Mon, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

NEFMC SidebarMeeting Notice – click here, Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 Public Hearing Document – click here, Staff Presentation – click here, Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 – click here, NEFMC is holding an online public hearing (webinar) for the Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 – Register here 14:12

NOAA’s Draft Omnibus Habitat Amendment 2 – Mayor Kirk pushes fishery options to N.E. panel

NEFMC SidebarGloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk is urging the New England Fisheries Management Council to keep in mind the perilous plight of the Gloucester and Northeast groundfishing fleet as it maps out habitat protection areas as part of a major NOAA ocean zoning project. New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell expressed concerns similar to Kirk’s. Yet, in the course of its hearings, the council has also been receiving comments from groups such as the ,,, Read the rest here 09:11

NCFA REMINDER – Public Hearing on Spot & Croaker Draft Addendum

NCFAPublic Hearing on Spot & Croaker Draft Addendum is tonight, June 17, 2014 at DMF Central Office in Morehead City at 6PM Click here for more info 12:29

Public hearing tonight on designating coast line for endangered sea turtles in Charleston SC, 7 to 9 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is holding a public hearing on designating 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as critical habitat for endangered loggerhead sea turtles. The hearing Tuesday in Charleston will be held at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Center Auditorium off Fort Johnson Road on James Island from 7 to 9 p.m.  The hearing will be preceded by an informational workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. @wcsc5

Caribbean Fishery Management Council to hold public hearing Monday

ST. CROIX – The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will have a public hearing Monday night on St. Thomas to accept input from fishers, the public and local agencies on the development of island-specific fishery management plans for Puerto Rico, St. Croix and the St. Thomas-St. John District. @virginislandsdailynews