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Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council

The MAFMC is responsible for the conservation and management of fishery resources between 3 & 200 miles of the Atlantic coasts of NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA & NC. Management of some species overlaps with the NEFMC.

Bunker and striper; Credit: John McMurray

Striped Bass, Menhaden, Bluefish & Recreational/Commercial Allocation Topped the Agenda Last week the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met, in part, jointly with the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council to consider a number of issues. Of course, because of the COVID 19 pandemic, Commissioners and Council members met via webinar. While just about all binding

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Here is our final update for 2019.We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous  holiday season. Action on Menhaden We have been waiting for the next shoe to drop in the ongoing menhaden saga and it did late last week. In a letter dated Dec. 17, Chris Oliver, assistant administrator for Fisheries at

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We recently sent out an update to our email subscribers. Here is what we shared with them. It has been a busy quarter for fisheries management with Atlantic striped bass headlining the action. We can expect a lively joint ASMFC/MAFMC meeting in December and an active new year. ATLANTIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSIONThe Atlantic States

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Bluefish are overfished, and scup and black seabass face more cuts A lot to process coming off this meeting.  And just about all of it has to do with the new MRIP data recalibration.  MRIP – Marine Recreational Information Program – is the recreational fishing data-gathering program that employs in-person, telephone and mail surveys to

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By Capt. John McMurray After a canceled meeting in February due to the federal government shutdown, on March 6th and 7th the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, to review the 2019 Summer Flounder Benchmark Stock Assessment, and to subsequently complete specifications and decide on recreational management measures. 

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    By Capt. John McMurray   At last month’s Council meeting there were a handful of issues that likely concern anglers, but at the top of the list is the Council’s Chub Mackerel Amendment. The purpose of such amendment is to “consider” adding Atlantic chub mackerel to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squids, and Butterfish Fishery

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The Council and Commission met in August, here’s what went down By John McMurray The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission August 13 to August 15th.  As is usually the case, quite a few things happened.  But for this summary, we will try and focus on those

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By Tony Friedrich   The Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on August 15 to discuss bluefish management.  The Bluefish Allocation Amendment was initiated in December of 2017.  It seeks to address some concerns in the fishery including goals of the bluefish fisheries management plan, quota transfers,

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