navigation bar
  New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife
njdep home f&w home

Public Meeting on Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass & Scup Oct. 26

October 21, 2004

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting regarding proposed modifications to the ASMFC’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, at the Division’s Nacote Creek Law Enforcement Office, Route 9, Mile Post 51 in Port Republic, Atlantic County. Similar meetings are scheduled for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia.

Draft Addendum XV proposes to establish an allocation program for the increase of approximately 1.3 million pounds in the 2005 commercial summer flounder fishery.

Draft Addendum XVI presents options to address the impacts of delayed implementation of fishery management measures for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass. The addendum presents a suite of management options, including commercial and recreational measures and notification periods for the ASMFC and the states. These options aim to discourage delayed state implementation by requiring “pay back” of the benefits that a state gained as a result of late compliance with an interstate fishery management plan.

Also slated for discussion is the decision to initiate development of Amendment 14 that will comprehensively address all aspects of the summer flounder fishery, including the issue of allocation between the commercial and recreational sectors. Anglers should note that regarding allocation, the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board along with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will recommend to the National Marine Fisheries Service that it deny United Boatmen’s and Recreational Fishing Alliance’s petition for 50-percent share of the Total Allowable Landings of summer flounder for the recreational sector.

A complete copy of the proposals can be obtained via the ASMFC’s website at under Breaking News or by calling 202-289-6400. Written comments will be accepted until November 4, 2004 and should be addressed to Toni Kerns, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (fax); or (subject line: Addendum XV or Addendum XVI).

  Adobe Acrobat Some files on this site require adobe acrobat pdf reader to view. download the free pdf reader  
bottom footer contact dep privacy notice legal statement accessibility statement nj home nj home citizen business government services a to z departments dep home

division of fish & wildlife: home | links | contact f&w
department: njdep home | about dep | index by topic | programs/units | dep online
statewide: njhome | citizen | business | government | services A to Z | departments | search

Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996-2004
Department of Environmental Protection
P. O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: October 21, 2004