VMRC declines to exercise authority setting any limits on harvest of critical forage fish species
The CCA Northern Virginia Chapter is pleased to invite you to our 19th Annual “Save a Fish – Build a Reef” Dinner and Auction on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 6:00pm.
To help assist ASMFC in taking final action on Amendment 7 for Atlantic striped bass that is responsible to the resource and its fisheries, we submit the following comments for Board review.
“CCA Virginia members are committed to ensuring our state’s marine fisheries are healthy and sustainable, today and for future generations.”
Speckled trout are far too valuable to be caught and penned as bycatch. By taking proactive measures now to close the “stop net” loophole and clarify haul seine regulations, we can eliminate this troubling trend and avoid the possible spread of the practice to other fisheries in the future.
ASMFC managers reject moving the goal posts for striped bass management. Striped bass managers took important steps to continue the development of the next chapter of striped bass management in draft Amendment 7.
The legislation would require that the role forage fish play in the marine ecosystem be accounted for when federal fisheries managers set catch limits on these small but important fish.
On behalf of America’s 7.5 million striped bass anglers and the sportfishing industry, we appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) regarding the Public Information Document for Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan.