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The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
will be hosting a Public Hearing for DRAFT AMENDMENT 2
to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fisheries
Management Plan for American shad and river herring
Two public hearings are scheduled for New York

December 2, 2008 at 7:00 PM
NYSDEC Marine Resources
205 Belle Mead Rd., Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: Steve Heins 631-444-0435
Directions to East Setauket office: Take the Long Island Expressway (495) to Exit 62 North (Nicolls
Road). Go north on Nicolls to Nesconset Hwy (Rte 347). Make a right (East) on Rte 347 to the 3rd traffic
light (Belle Mead Rd). Make a left on Belle Mead. Building 205 is on right hand side.

December 8, 2008 at 7:00 PM
NYSDEC Hudson R. National Estuarine Research
Reserve, Norrie Point Environmental
For more information contact: Andy Kahnle (845) 256-3072, Kathy Hattala (845)-256-3071, Kris McShane (845)256-3009.
Sherri Mackey
Administrative Assistant
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Hudson River Estuary Program
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 256-3016
[email protected]
Attachment below is description of the hearing
For the full document open link at
www.asmfc.org under "breaking news"

The closure of river herring fisheries in some Atlantic coastal states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina) and observed declines in river herring abundance have led to questions about the adequacy of current management of the species to promote healthy fish stocks.
Amendment 1 to the Fisheries Management Plan states in its objectives that existing regulations for river herring fisheries "should keep fishing mortality sufficiently low to ensure survival and enhancement of depressed stocks and the maintenance of stabilized stocks" (ASMFC 1999); however, questions regarding mortality levels and whether they are low enough to prevent further stock declines have arisen. The Commission and the public have also expressed concern over the lack of monitoring of river herring populations, fisheries and bycatch. This document has been developed to address these questions and concerns.
1. River herring population monitoring requirements (See Draft Amendment 2 sections 3.1 and 3.2)
2. Bycatch monitoring requirements (See Draft Amendment 2 Section 3.3);
3. Commercial fisheries management measures (See Draft Amendment 2 Section 4.1); and
4. Recreational fisheries management measures (See Draft Amendment 2 Section 4.2)

The full document can be found at www.asmfc.org under "Breaking News"
The public is encouraged to submit comments during the public comment period.

Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (EST) on January 1, 2009.
You may submit public comment in one or more of the following ways:
1. Attend public hearings held in your state or jurisdiction
2. Refer comments to your state's member on the Shad and River Herring Management Board
or Advisory Panel, if applicable
3. Mail, fax, or email written comments to the following address:
Kate Taylor, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
1444 Eye Street NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005 Phone:
(202) 289-6400 Fax: (202) 289-6051
SEND COMMENTS TO: [email protected]
(on subject line put: "River Herring")

 

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