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PostPosted: January 3rd, 2015, 9:04 am 
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Start Time for January 5, 2015 Striped Bass Informational Meeting
Hosted by Department of Marine Resources Changed to 6 p.m.



The start time for a January 5, 2015 meeting hosted by the Maine
Department of Marine Resources to discuss an Addendum to the
interstate striped bass fishery management plan recently approved by
the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has been
changed from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.




The meeting will be held at the Yarmouth Log Cabin at 196 Main Street,
Yarmouth. An earlier notice indicated that the meeting would begin at
5 p.m.



The addendum directs coastal states to reduce the harvest of striped
bass by 25 percent from 2013 beginning in 2015.



The meeting will provide an opportunity for department staff along
with Commissioner Patrick Keliher to discuss and solicit input on
management options approved by the ASMFC designed to achieve the
reduction.



Maine has a year-round recreational only striped bass fishery. There
are special regulations in effect from December 1 through June in the
Kennebec, Sheepscot and Androscoggin Rivers and tributaries. Current
regulations in Maine allow a person to take and possess 1 fish per
day. The fish may be from 20 to 26 inches in total length, or 40
inches or greater in total length.



Options approved by the ASMFC for discussion will include a range of
bag and size limits that would result in harvest reductions between 26
and 31 percent. After receiving input the Department will bring a
preferred option out for public hearings in January.



The Addendum responds to results of the 2013 Atlantic striped bass
benchmark assessment which indicated that mortality in 2012 was above
the target, and female spawning stock biomass (SSB) has been steadily
declining below the target level since 2006.

According to the ASMFC, this means even though the stock is not
overfished and overfishing is not occurring, SSB is approaching its
overfished threshold and stock projections show SSB will likely fall
below the threshold in the coming years. In addition, a similar
decline has been observed in total harvest.

The ASMFC Striped Bass Technical Committee will review proposals by
the states and present their findings to the ASMFC Striped Bass
Management Board which will review and consider approval of those
proposals at the Commission’s Winter Meeting in February.

For more information on the meeting, contact Bruce Joule at 633-9505.


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2015, 8:27 am 
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Was anyone here able to make this meeting (I was not). Please let us know how it went, as some of us (me included) would like to stay involved and connected to this where/when we can!

Thanks,
Dan


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2015, 8:50 am 
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I'm with Tark--couldn't make this although I wanted to.

In particular, is there any proposal or proposals for how Maine would reduce harvest?

With the limit already at one fish per day, it would seem the only options are C+R, or narrowing the size range of fish that may be kept.


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2015, 5:45 pm 
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I could make the meeting either, but understand the two main options being considered are 1) tightening of the current slot with dropping of the over 40 fish, or 2) going to a 1 over 28". Personally, I'd prefer the former, but feel the latter is more likely to happen.

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