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An email from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife:

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are initiating development of an amendment to the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

You are encouraged to submit comments regarding the range of potential issues to be addressed in the amendment.

Issues currently under consideration include potential revision of the allocation between the recreational and commercial sectors (currently 83% / 17%).

In addition, transfers from the recreational to commercial sector have occurred in every year since 2001, inclusive, and management questions under consideration include: Are the existing transfer processes appropriate for managing the bluefish fishery?

For complete details, please see the information available at:
www.mafmc.org/actions/bluefish-allocation-amendment  (see especially Bluefish Allocation Amendment Scoping and Public Information Document)

Two public hearings are scheduled in NJ:

June 27, 2018                                      June 28, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm                                    6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ocean City Library                             Ocean County Administration Building
1735 Simpson Avenue                        101 Hooper Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226                         Toms River, NJ 08753

In addition, you may submit written comments by 11:59 pm on July 30, 2018. (the Public Information Document concerning all details is available here).

Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

1.       Online at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/bluefish-allocation-amendment
2.       E-mail to the following address: mseeley@mafmc.org
3.       Mail or fax to:
Chris Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
North State Street, Suite 201
Dover, DE 19901
FAX: 302.674.5399

NOTE: Please include "Bluefish Allocation Amendment Scoping Comments" in the Subject line if using e-mail or fax, or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

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