11/14/18 – Forward: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Seeks Input on Chub Mackerel Amendment

Below is an email recently distributed from the
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
The following announcement from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council may be of interest to fishermen in the South Atlantic who participate in the commercial or recreational harvest of chub mackerel. If you'd like to learn more, please see the information provided below and attend the webinar scheduled for January 14, 2019.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
November 8, 2018
Press Contact: Mary Sabo, (302) 518-1143
Mid-Atlantic Council Solicits Public Input on Chub Mackerel Amendment
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting public input on a draft amendment to address management and conservation of chub mackerel off the U.S. east coast. Five public hearings will be held between December 3, 2018 and January 14, 2019. Written comments will be accepted through January 18, 2019.
The draft amendment considers adding Atlantic chub mackerel (Scomber colias) as a "stock in the fishery" in the Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The amendment considers potential catch limits, accountability measures, and other conservation and management measures required for stocks in the fishery.
Members of the public are invited to comment on any aspect of the draft amendment. Following a review of comments received, the Council will choose preferred management measures and submit the amendment to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and publication of proposed and final rules, both of which have additional comment periods.
Additional information about the amendment and the management alternatives being considered can be found in the public hearing document available at http://www.mafmc.org/s/Chub-Mackerel-PHD.pdf. For more information about this action, visit www.mafmc.org/actions/chub-mackerel-amendment or contact Julia Beaty at jbeaty@mafmc.org or 302-526-5250.
Public Hearing Schedule
There will be five hearings with the following dates/times/locations:
  • Virginia Beach, VA. December 3, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 3315 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
  • Berlin, MD. December 4, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Worcester County Library - Ocean Pines Branch. 11107 Cathell Road, Berlin, MD 21811
  • Narragansett, RI. December 17, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. URI Bay Campus Corless Auditorium. 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.
  • Cape May, NJ. December 18, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Congress Hall Hotel. 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204.
  • Webinar. January 14, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Connection information is available athttp://www.mafmc.org/council-events/
Written Comments
Written comments should be submitted by 11:59 pm on January 18, 2019, through one of the following methods:
Please include "Chub Mackerel Comments" in the subject line if using email or fax, or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments by mail.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976.  The Council manages fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between 3 and 200 miles off the Mid-Atlantic coast.  Member states include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Visit our website for more information.
 This Fishery Bulletin is forwarded as a courtesy of the 
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Questions or comments should be addressed to
NOAA Fisheries using the contact information provided in the Bulletin.