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Old 11-01-2011, 09:56 PM
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:36 PM
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Thank you all for your support of this and for taking the time to send in your emails!

CCA Press Release
Commission vote reduces menhaden harvest for first time ever

BOSTON, MA
- For the first time in history, there will be reductions in the harvest of Atlantic menhaden after a vote today by the Menhaden Management Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Menhaden, which serve as the primary forage base for most predatory fish, have declined to the lowest level ever recorded, sparking alarm in the recreational angling community which has long expressed concern over the impact of industrial menhaden harvest on sportfish stocks.

“This is a long-anticipated decision and it is a great relief for anglers to know that managers have finally begun the process of rebuilding this critical species,” said Charles A. Witek III, chairman of the Atlantic Fisheries Committee for Coastal Conservation Association. “The turning point was finally having science in hand that showed what many of us have been saying for a long time. We still have work to do to ensure that menhaden are properly managed to fulfill its role as a forage base, but we are finally out of the starting blocks.”

Anglers and conservationists have chafed for years under management standards that indicated the spawning stock of menhaden was perfectly healthy and the fishing mortality rate was fine or only “slightly” over the overfishing threshold. As menhaden began to disappear from parts of the coast, it became clear that something was wrong with the way menhaden were being evaluated. Ultimately, outside scientists recommended changing reference points to better reflect the status of the stock and in a landmark decision, the Board agreed. With today’s vote, the reference points change from the current 8 percent Maximum Spawning Potential (MSP), which means 8 percent of an unfished stock, to 15 percent MSP as the overfishing threshold. They then adopted a target, the point for which management measures are intended, of 30 percent MSP, which will require a 37 percent reduction in harvest when implemented.

“The most critical thing that happened today is that the debate over whether or not to manage menhaden at all, is over,” said Richen Brame, CCA Atlantic Fisheries director. “Clearly these fish do indeed need to be managed, and managed conservatively. The debate now becomes about how conservatively should they be managed, and that is a much better scenario for menhaden, for sportfish and for anglers. It took a very long time and a lot of work by many, many groups, but the ASMFC did the right thing today.”

During the public comment period leading up to this vote, the ASMFC received almost 92,000 comments, the overwhelming majority of which were in favor of reductions in menhaden harvest by the greatest amount available. With today’s decision, the focus will now turn to the next management action that will determine exactly how to implement those reductions.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:52 AM
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thanks Jake for all your hard work on this Menhaden issue...I'm proud of you & you sleep a little better knowing you did a wonderfull job on this..I got in a little late on this , but I'm sending a email letting them know that I agree with their decision..Also telling how much we spend in their states each year & how we'll continue to do this as long as the fishery plentifull..And god knows the baitfish is a major factor in keeping it abundant..Also sent in a cotribution in your name for your past Boston run....You're a good person & we need more like you...Your west coast friend...Jim
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thanks Jake for all your hard work on this Menhaden issue...I'm proud of you & you sleep a little better knowing you did a wonderfull job on this..I got in a little late on this , but I'm sending a email letting them know that I agree with their decision..Also telling how much we spend in their states each year & how we'll continue to do this as long as the fishery plentifull..And god knows the baitfish is a major factor in keeping it abundant..Also sent in a cotribution in your name for your past Boston run....You're a good person & we need more like you...Your west coast friend...Jim
Thank you Jim for the kind words and the fundraiser donation We'll have to hook up next season if you make it out this way again!
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As sportsmen what can we do to to push for regulations that would classify stripers as gamefish and make them off limits to commercial fishing? Here in Va the catch has been steadily falling yet the commercial guys get to hook and line fish months ahead of sport fishers. What gives? And how can we stop it? The Coastal Conservation assoc. helped to get the redfish reclassified in Texas due to commercial over fishing, can it be done here in Va for stripers? Thanks for any help or info you may provide.
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As sportsmen what can we do to to push for regulations that would classify stripers as gamefish and make them off limits to commercial fishing? Here in Va the catch has been steadily falling yet the commercial guys get to hook and line fish months ahead of sport fishers. What gives? And how can we stop it? The Coastal Conservation assoc. helped to get the redfish reclassified in Texas due to commercial over fishing, can it be done here in Va for stripers? Thanks for any help or info you may provide.
Robert Jefferson
Hi Robert,
Show up at the hearings for these things when they come up and voice your support for gamefish status. Write and call your representatives on the ASMFC. Here are your state's delegates, for a complete list of all management board members, technical committee members, and advisory panel members coastwide, click HERE.

ASMFC STRIPED BASS MANAGEMENT BOARD MEMBERS FOR VIRGINIA:

STEVEN G. BOWMAN
VMRC
2600 WASHINGTON AVE
3RD FL
NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23607-4317
E-Mail: STEVE.BOWMAN@MRC.VIRGINIA.GOV
Tel: 757 - 247-2205
Fax: 757 - 247-2020
Position: Commissioner, Administrative
Assistant: MICHELLE 757.247.2206

A.C. CARPENTER
PRFC
PO BOX 9
COLONIAL BEACH, VA 22443-0009
E-Mail: AC.PRFC@VERIZON.NET
Tel: 804 - 224-7148
Fax: 804 - 224-2712


CATHERINE W. DAVENPORT
1005 POPLAR NECK ROAD
WHITE STONE, VA 22578-2122
E-Mail: DYMER@KABALLERO.COM
Tel: 804 - 435-2173
Position: Commissioner, Gov. Appoint

KELLY V. PLACE
213 WALLER MILL RD
WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23185-2947
E-Mail: kelltron@aol.com
Tel: 757 - 220-8801
Fax: 757 - 259-9669
Position: Liaison, AP Rep.

JACK TRAVELSTEAD
VMRC
2600 WASHINGTON AVE. 3RD FL
NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23607-4317
E-Mail: JACK.TRAVELSTEAD@MRC.VIRGINIA.GOV
Tel: 757 - 247-2247
Fax: 757 - 247-8101
Position: Proxy, Administrative

KYLE SCHICK
PRFC
PO BOX 400
COLONIAL BEACH, VA 22443-0400
E-Mail: KYLE@CBYCMARINA.COM
Tel: 804 - 224-7230
Fax: 804 - 224-7232
Position: Proxy, Gov. Appoint.




ASMFC STRIPED BASS TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR VA:

ROB O'REILLY
VMRC
2600 WASHINGTON ST. 3RD FL
NEWPORT NEWS, VA 23607-4317
E-Mail: ROB.O'REILLY@MRC.VIRGINIA.GOV
Tel: 757 - 247-2236
Fax: 757 - 247-8101

WINNIE RYAN
1546 GREATE RD.
GLOUCESTER PT, VA 23062-2027
E-Mail: WINNIERYAN@COX.NET
Tel: 804 - 854-3177







ASMFC STRIPED BASS ADVISORY PANEL MEMBERS FOR VA:





ROBERT FJELSTAD
20278 CANVASBACK LN
OANANCOCK, VA 23417-2504
E-Mail: <A href="mailto:bobfje@msn.com">bobfje@msn.com

JOE FLETCHER
FLETCHER'S BOATHOUSE
1445 PATHFINDER LN
MCLEAN, VA 22101-3507
E-Mail: jmfletcher@verizon.net
Tel: 703 - 356-9106

KATE TAYLOR
ASMFC
1050 N HIGHLAND ST
200A-N
ARLINGTON, VA 22201
E-Mail: KTAYLOR@ASMFC.ORG
Tel: 703 - 842-0716

KELLY V. PLACE
213 WALLER MILL RD
WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23185-2947
E-Mail: kelltron@aol.com
Tel: 757 - 220-8801
Fax: 757 - 259-9669
Position: Chair


KYLE SCHICK
PRFC
PO BOX 400
COLONIAL BEACH, VA 22443-0400
E-Mail: KYLE@CBYCMARINA.COM

Tel: 804 - 224-7230
Fax: 804 - 224-7232
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