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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.

Squid are an important component of the marine ecosystems of the East Coast, serving as forage for a wide variety of inshore and offshore fish, birds and marine mammals. They also support a substantial commercial fishery, and are widely used as bait by recreational anglers. Although squid are agile, free-swimming animals, they are mollusks, belonging

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Tough decisions that benefit the “public trust” come with the territory By Capt. John McMurray For the last 9 years I’ve served on the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council – one of 8 regional federal fishery management Councils – holding New York’s, “Obligatory” seat. It is no easy gig. There is nothing more I’d rather

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In the scoping document, the Council poses several relevant questions. Here’s how we are suggesting readers answer them when providing public comment. How should the Council evaluate potential conflicts between the commercial chub mackerel fishery and recreational fisheries for large tunas and billfish? The Council should bring in scientists and economists with knowledge and experience

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Chub Mackerel Hearing Schedule Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm. Kingsborough Community College, room V-219. 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, 11235. Telephone: 718-368-5000. Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00-7:30 pm. Virginia Marine Resources Commission 4th Floor Meeting Room. 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA, 23607. Telephone: 757-247-2200. Tuesday May 16, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm. Princess Royale Oceanfront

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Photo courtesy of Angelo Peluso  A developing large-scale fishery on an important offshore baitfish needs management, but the right kind Chub mackerel is a small pelagic species, similar in appearance to your standard Atlantic mackerel, but noticeably different. Chub are considerably smaller – in that 8 to 14” range – and have markedly larger eyes.

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A landmark forage fish protection action takes shape In August of 2016, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council put forward what may be one of the most forward-thinking ecosystem protection actions we’ve seen on the East Coast. To put it simply, the Council’s Unmanaged Forage Omnibus Amendment would put a full stop on any new/potential industrial-scale

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Background The science on summer flounder is quite clear that the stock has been in decline for several years, primarily because it has suffered 6 years of poor recruitment (poor spawning success). Because the number of fish are trending downward at the current rate of removals, just about all of the available science indicates that

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Alewife

The species known as shad and river herring are managed by the ASMFC Shad & River Herring Management Board. Each of the species involved in this plan are anadromous which means they spend most of their lives at sea but return to freshwater to spawn, usually in the spring. Shad Mostly, when ASMFC refers to

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The spiny dogfish is a small, schooling shark of the genus Squalus that is frequently encountered when fishing in cold and temperate waters.  Their name comes from the two thick spikes that adorn the leading edge of each dorsal fin.  When caught, the dogfish will contort its muscular, flexible body in a defensive effort that

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Black sea bass are small (<10 lbs.) structure-dependent fish, which support important commercial and recreational fisheries throughout the Mid-Atlantic and in southern New England. Black sea bass abundance in the northern end of its range has skyrocketed in the last several years.  This may be due to warming waters that have come with climate change,

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