While I enjoy an occasional Montauk Burger, I release the vast majority of the bluefish I catch. Now the big brains at the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and ASMFC are considering changing the bluefish allocation–and increasing the commercial kill because recreational anglers are not killing enough fish to fill their quota.

LINK (via: One Angler’s Voyage)

Here’s where you come in.

The Council and ASMFC have scheduled scoping hearings and will collect written comments on the range of issues and information to be considered. Click here for a schedule of hearings. View the scoping document for background information on bluefish management and on issues that may be addressed in the amendment, as well as a description of the amendment process and timeline.

If you’re in the area consider attending a hearing otherwise please submit a comment.

Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

1. Online at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/bluefish-allocation-amendment

2. Email to the following address: mseeley@mafmc.org

3. Mail or Fax to: Chris Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council North State Street, Suite 201 Dover, DE 19901 FAX: 302.674.5399

Please include “Bluefish Allocation Amendment Scoping Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.




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