Summer Flounder FMP Meeting In Newport News

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Virginia has scheduled a hearing to gather public comment on Draft Addendum XXIV to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

The date, time, and location of the scheduled meeting is:

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
March 26, 2013; 6 PM
2600 Washington Avenue
Fourth Floor
Newport News, Virginia
Contact: Rob O’Reilly at 757.247.2248

The Draft Addendum proposes to stabilize 2013 recreational fishing rules for summer flounder close to those that existed in 2012 partly to minimize the reductions facing two states (e.g., New York and New Jersey) and partly to allow for the more equitable distribution of fishing opportunities in the 2013 season.

The proposed approach is intended to allow states to capitalize on harvest opportunities that are foregone by states that choose not to fully utilize their 2013 harvest target.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment.

Draft Addendum is available at

Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on April 12, 2013 and should be forwarded to Toni Kerns, ISFMP Director, at 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or  (Subject line: Summer Flounder).

source: ASMFC