ASMFC initiates draft addendum to liberalize rockfish regs
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com