The Public Information Document (PID) for Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden is now available for public comment and review on the Commission's website at http://www.asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/menhaden/fmps/Amend2PID_DraftForPublicComment.pdf. As the first step in the development of Amendment 2, the PID presents the current status of the fishery and resource, and solicits public input on which major issues and alternatives should be included for consideration and analysis in Draft Amendment 2.
The PID’s primary focus is to initiate discussion on the timing and implementation of achieving the new
fishing mortality threshold (F = 1.32) and target (F = 0.62) reference points recently adopted through
Addendum V. Since fishing mortality in 2008 (the latest year in the assessment) is estimated at 2.28,
overfishing is occurring, however, the stock is not overfished. The goal of the new reference points is to
increase abundance, spawning stock biomass, and menhaden availability as a forage species. The PID also
seeks public input on a more timely and comprehensive catch reporting system, and scopes potential options
to be used in managing Atlantic menhaden commercial bait and reduction fisheries as well as recreational
Alongside the development of Amendment 2, the peer-reviewed stock assessment will be updated with data
through 2011 to provide a more recent estimate of fishing mortality. Results of the assessment update will
be used to estimate the harvest reductions needed to achieve the new threshold and target fishing mortality
rates. Therefore, preliminary harvest reductions are provided in the PID but will likely change based on the
results of the stock assessment update.
Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the PID either by attending
public hearings or providing written comments. Public comment must be received no later than 5:00 PM
(EST) on April 20, 2012 and should be forwarded to Michael Waine, Fishery Management Plan
Coordinator, at 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or
email@example.com (Subject line: PID). A subsequent press release will announce the state's public hearing
schedule. For more information, please contact Michael Waine at 703.842.0740.
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