Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan Addendum VI

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board recently approved Addendum VI to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The Addendum reduces all state commercial quotas by 18%, and implements … Continued

ASMFC Finds Virginia Out of Compliance with Atlantic Menhaden Amendment 3

In October, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) found the Commonwealth of Virginia out of compliance with a mandatory management measure contained in Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (IFMP) for Atlantic Menhaden. ASMFC will notify the … Continued

Atlantic HMS Recreational and Commercial Fishery Compliance Guides

Updated Atlantic HMS Recreational and Commercial Fishery Compliance Guides are now available. The new guides are designed to help fishermen comply with federal regulations for tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfishes in the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Carribean. The … Continued

HMS Tournament Reporting Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2019, all Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) tournaments will be required to submit catch summaries, according to NOAA Fisheries. An Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) tournament is a tournament that awards points or prizes for catching Atlantic … Continued

2017 Atlantic Cobia Recreational Fishing Closure (Federal Waters)

In January, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) announced a closure of recreational harvests of cobia in Federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Recreational harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia (from Georgia to New York) closed at 12:01 a.m. … Continued

New Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations (cobia, grouper, striped bass, tilefish)

Anglers fishing in Virginia will be subject to new regulations for 4 species sport fish: cobia, grouper, striped bass, and tilefish. In December, the┬áVirginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) voted to require recreational anglers to file catch reports in 2017 for … Continued

2017 ASMFC Summer Flounder Fishery Meeting

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board is seeking public comments regarding Draft Addendum XXVIII to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass. Addendum … Continued