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
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.
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
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
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,
Summer flounder are a medium-sized flatfish abundant in the Mid-Atlantic region, which support important recreational and commercial fisheries in states between Massachusetts and North Carolina. Distribution has varied quite a bit over the years. Back in the 90s, when size limit was 14” and the stock was undoubtedly depleted, the center of abundance was off
Back in 1953, one of the founding directors of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute described bluefish as “perhaps the most ferocious and bloodthirsty fish in the sea, leaving in its wake a trail of dead and mangled mackerel, menhaden, herring, alewives, and other species on which it preys.” Bluefish look the part of an apex predator,
The scup is a migratory, schooling member of the porgy family, which is most frequently caught in the waters between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The center of abundance is located off eastern New York. Scup are relatively small, laterally compressed fish with a silhouette not too different from that of a