The Board will consider recommendations from the Circle Hook Ad Hoc Committee regarding a definition of bait and method of fishing that would require the use of circle hooks, as well as consider how to handle incidental catch. Addendum VI mandates the use of circle hooks when fishing with bait to reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries. The Commission recognized outreach and education would be necessary to garner industry support and provide the bait and tackle industry time to meet increased demand for circle hooks. Therefore, the implementation of the circle hook requirement was delayed a year. In October , the Board approved state circle hook implementation plans with the caveat that no exemptions to the requirement would be permitted.
ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board to Meet Via Webinar March 16 from 1–3 PM
ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board to Meet Via Webinar March 16 from 1–3 PM - Saving Seafood
The purpose of the PID is to solicit stakeholder input on prioritizing the importance of each topic for continued development and inclusion in the Draft Amendment. Between the Spring and Summer Meetings, a Work Group of Board members met to discuss significant issues facing striped bass management. The Board agreed that all of the issues discussed by the Work Group are extremely important and complex, and deserve significant thought and consideration. Furthermore, the prioritization of issues to be addressed by the Amendment should be guided by stakeholder input. During its deliberations, Board members discussed the importance of addressing discard mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries given discards significantly contribute to total fishing mortality. As a result, the Board tasked the Plan Development Team and Technical Committee to review factors limiting the accuracy of discard mortality estimates for stock assessment purposes, and to identify potential actions that could improve understanding or help reduce discard mortality in the fishery.
ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Approves Addendum VI
The PID asks for the public to weigh in on a variety of topics including the biological reference points that provide the guardrails for management of the population, how long it should take to rebuild the population, how to reduce release mortality in the fishery, and the allocation of striped bass between the commercial and recreational fisheries. Adult female striped bass numbers, widely used to gauge the overall health of the population, have fallen approximately 40 percent from to The ASMFC is now implementing a larger overhaul of the striped bass fishery management plan to guide decisions in the coming years, known as Amendment 7. The public is encouraged to submit comments regarding this document during the public comment period.
Addendum VI was initiated in response to the Benchmark Stock Assessment, which indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing. Since catch and release practices contribute significantly to overall fishing mortality, the Addendum requires the mandatory use of circle hooks when fishing with bait to reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries. Outreach and education will be a necessary element to garner support and compliance with this important conservation measure. States are required to submit implementation plans by November 30, for review by the Technical Committee and approval by the Board in February