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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.

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US Commerce Appointments to New England & Mid-Atlantic Councils On June 28, 2017 the US Commerce Department announced appointments to the 8 regional fishery councils. The Magnuson Stevens Fishery & Conservation Act established the Councils to do the detailed work of regional fishery management. Technically, the councils develop and amend fishery management plans in federal

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NOAA Fisheries approves the Mid Atlantic Council’s “Unmanaged Forage” Amendment, ensuring future recreational fishing opportunities, like the one we’re experiencing now… By Capt. John McMurray If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that we’re having probably the best topwater bluefin tuna bite anyone has ever seen in my neck of the woods.

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Localized depletion and bycatch are real and need to be addressed If you fish at all really, you know that just about everything eats squid. Fluke, striped bass, black seabass, scup, weakfish, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, billfish, mahi… I could probably go on here. And hey… I eat it too! Because it’s pretty damn tasty.

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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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