ASMFC ini­ti­ates draft ad­den­dum to lib­er­al­ize rock­fish regs

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The At­lantic States Ma­rine Fish­eries Com­mis­sion’s At­lantic Striped Bass Man­age­ment Board has ini­ti­ated the de­vel­op­ment of Draft Ad­den­dum V to Amend­ment 6 to the At­lantic Striped Bass Fish­ery Man­age­ment Plan to con­sider lib­er­al­iz­ing coastwide com­mer­cial and recre­ational reg­u­la­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion, the ac­tion re­sponds to con­cerns raised by Ch­e­sa­peake Bay ju­ris­dic­tions re­gard­ing con­tin­ued eco­nomic hard­ship en­dured by its stake­hold­ers since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Ad­den­dum IV and also re­sponds to in­for­ma­tion from the 2016 as­sess­ment up­date in­di­cat­ing fish­ing mor­tal­ity is be­low the tar­get.

The cur­rent Ad­den­dum IV, im­ple­mented for the 2015 fish­ing sea­son, re­quired coastwide har­vest re­duc­tions to re­duce fish­ing mor­tal­ity to a level at or be­low the tar­get. Specif­i­cally, coastal fish­eries im­ple­mented mea­sures to re­duce har­vest by 25% com­pared to 2013 lev­els, and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay fish­eries im­ple­mented mea­sures to re­duce har­vest by 20.5% com­pared to 2012 lev­els. Ad­di­tion­ally, an ob­jec­tive of Ad­den­dum IV is to pro­tect the 2011 year class.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the 2016 stock as­sess­ment up­date, the At­lantic striped bass stock is not over­fished. Fur­ther­more, Ad­den­dum IV suc­cess­fully re­duced fish­ing mor­tal­ity to a level be­low the tar­get and length-fre­quency data from the catch in 2015 in­di­cates a strong pres­ence of the 2011-year class, which is an­tic­i­pated to join the coastal spawn­ing pop­u­la­tion this year.

A draft of the ad­den­dum will be pre­sented for board re­view in May. For more in­for­ma­tion, you can con­tact Max Ap­pel­man, Fish­ery Man­age­ment Plan Co­or­di­na­tor, at map­pel­man@asmfc.org or 703.842.0740.

Since Ch­e­sa­peake Bay spawn­ing ar­eas pro­duce the ma­jor­ity of coastal mi­gra­tor y striped bass (70-90%), many an­glers in north­ern states don’t like the thought of lib­er­al­iz­ing the catch. But man­agers should con­sider the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Ch­e­sa­peake’s pop­u­la­tion of rock­fish and lower the recre­ational min­i­mum-size limit back to 18 inches. Reestab­lish­ing the 18-inch size, with a two-fish-per-day limit, will in­crease the so­cial and eco­nomic value of recre­ational fish­ing in Bay states and will also al­lo­cate a sus­tain­able and fair al­lot­ment of this shared nat­u­ral re­source.

** * Shoot for sight The Greens­boro Lions Club will host its 10th an­nual Sport­ing Clays Tour­na­ment from 9 to 11 a.m. Satur­day, Feb. 25, at Schrader’s Bridgetown Manor, 16090 Oakland Road near Bridgetown.

A bar­be­cue chicken lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The cost for in­di­vid­ual par­tic­i­pants is $60, which in­cluded 50 tar­gets and lunch. The cost for a five­mem­ber team spon­sor­ship is $400 and in­cludes a sta­tion spon­sor sign, 50 tar­gets, and lunch for each mem­ber.

Cash prizes will be awarded to win­ners, in­clud­ing ladies and ju­niors un­der 16. Lewis Class will be avail­able for a fee. The win­ning team re­ceives a spe­cial award.

Sta­tion spon­sor­ships with an ad­ver­tis­ing sign are be­ing of­fered at $100. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Buddy Bishop at 410-924-0478, Bill Satterfield at 410-829-7416, or Joe Wood at 410-482-2244.

The Greens­boro Lions Club is part of Lions Club In­ter­na­tional, which pro­vides hu­man­i­tar­ian com­mu­nity ser­vice world­wide. Lo­cally, the Greens­boro chap­ter’s ser­vice in­cludes Christ­mas light dec­o­ra­tion, an Easter egg hunt, school stu­dent eye­sight screen­ing, July 4th games, and col­lege schol­ar­ships.

* * * Great prices The 25th an­nual Pasadena Sport­fish­ing flea mar­ket and show is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day, Feb. 18-19 at the Ear­leigh Heights Fire Hall near Sev­erna Park. Great prices on new and used fish­ing tackle and crab­bing sup­plies will be on site along with nau­ti­cal crafts, art, an­tiques, and re­place­ment parts. Hot pit beef and ham sand­wiches and re­fresh­ments in­clud­ing cold beer will be avail­able. Over 150 ta­bles of dis­counted items will be dis­played, in­clud­ing cus­tom built rods and lures. Ad­mis­sion is $5 each day, kids 12 and un­der are free. More info is avail­able at pasade­nas­port­fish­ing.com.

*** Fish­ing Expo The 23rd an­nual MSSA An­napo­lis Chap­ter Salt­wa­ter Fish­ing Expo is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 25 at the An­napo­lis Elks Lodge, 2517 Solomons Is­land Road, Edge­wa­ter. The sem­i­nar sched­ule is as fol­lows:

8:30 a.m.: Capt. Ken Lahr on “Deep Drop­ping for At­lantic Tile­fish”

10 a.m.: Capt. Lenny Ru­dow on “Chunk­ing and Chum­ming for Rock­fish”

11:30 a.m.: Capt. Brian Mayer on “Spring Trolling for Tro­phy Stripers”

1 p.m.: A light-tackle panel dis­cus­sion with Ru­dow, Chris Dol­lar, Shawn Kim­bro, and Richie Gaines.

Light-tackle, jig­ging, bay trolling, and off­shore tackle from lo­cal deal­ers will be avail­able. You can also book a trip with area char­ter cap­tains and guides.

Food and bev­er­ages in­clude pit beef sand­wiches and full bar ser vice. Ad­mis­sion is $5 per per­son, kids un­der 14 are free. *** Duck blind know-it-all Great horned owls com­monly use nests built by other species. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@stardem.com

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