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Old 12-03-2005, 06:58 AM
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Default American Eel Draft Addendum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DECEMBER 2, 2005
PRES CONTACT, TINA BERGER, 202/289-6400

American Eel Draft Addendum I Available for Public Comment
States Schedule Hearings for January

The Commission's American Eel Management Board has approved the Draft
Addendum I to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel for
public review and comment. The Draft Addendum proposes the establishment of
a mandatory trip-level catch and effort monitoring program for American eel
in order to collect much needed data on this species. Specific options
include an eel harvester license/permit by state, which may include those
who harvest eels for use as bait, and an eel dealer license/permit,
including bait dealers.

The Draft Addendum responds to concerns regarding the lack of accurate
catch and effort data and the critical need for these data for stock
assessment purposes. Current stock status for American eel is poorly
understood due in part to limited and inconsistent harvest data. The
Commission has prepared an American eel stock assessment for independent
peer review in December 2005. The results of the stock assessment and peer
review will be presented to the Commission?s American Eel Management Board
in February 2006.

Atlantic coastal states from Maine through Florida will be holding hearings
on the Draft Addendum throughout January. The specific details follow:

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
January 5, 2006; 6:00 PM
Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station
30 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Contact: Brad Chase at 978/282-0308 ext. 111

Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife
January 18, 2006; 6:00 PM
URI Narragansett Bay Campus
Corless Auditorium, South Ferry Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Contact: Michelle Burnett at 401/423-1946



Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on
the Draft Addendum either by attending public hearings or providing written
comments. Copies of the Addendum are available via the Commission?s website
at www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by contacting the Commission at
202/289-6400. Public comment will be accepted no later than 5 PM on
February 7, 2006, and should be forwarded to Lydia Munger, Fishery
Management Plan Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington,
DC 20005; 202/289-6051 (fax) or [email protected] (subject line: American
Eel). For more information, please contact Lydia Munger at 202/289-6400 or
<[email protected]>.
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