Striped bass in Maryland, menhaden in VA, and regional management for black seabass By Capt. John McMurray While there were many issues discussed, and action taken on several different species at last week’s ASMFC meeting, the below are what we felt were issues important to anglers. For the full meeting report, see the Commission’s 2018
The northern stock of black sea bass (BSB), from North Carolina (Cape Hatteras) to Maine, has dramatically increased primarily due to climate change and warming water. The ideal temperature range is 59 to 64 degrees. BSB are caught closer to shore in spring and summer. They migrate to deeper offshore water in the fall and winter.
BSB have the ability to adjust their color to blend in with the bottom with colors ranging from grey, brown, black to a deep indigo hue and black. They can be found on the bottom near structure… rocky areas, jetties, reefs, rips and are often caught when fishing for summer flounder (fluke). BSB are hermaphroditic fish… they begin life as female then turn male. The world record for BSB is ten pounds four ounces and 26 inches long.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission work cooperatively to develop regulations for BSB. These two management bodies manage BSB cooperatively because fish are caught in state waters as well as federal waters.
The Council met Monday through Thursday of last week. On day one, there was a first “framework” meeting for a possible change to the Council’s “Risk Policy”. While this is undoubtedly complicated and wonky, the Council’s “Risk Policy” can best be described as policy articulating how much risk they want to take given the best
Back in September; the Greater Atlantic Regional Office of NOAA Fisheries (GARFO) announced mandatory electronic reporting requirements effecting ANY FOR HIRE VESSEL that fishes under a federal permit and is endorsed to catch certain Mid Atlantic Council managed species. Many New England based charter boats, some who don’t even realize they are supposed to have a federal
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Meeting Alexandria VA / August 1-3 2017. The overarching highlight of the ASMFC Summer Meeting was the Menhaden Management Board which continued development of Amendment 3 to the Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. The Board received a stock assessment update and as was expected, Menhaden remain healthy and are not overfished
The ASMFC met in Alexandra VA between MA8 & May 11, 2017. The following is a summary of what the staff here at Fissues feels were important enough discussion to take up our readers time. ASMFC Striped Bass Management Board voted not to move forward with Draft Addendum V to Amendment 6 of the Atlantic
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,