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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
September 20, 2006
Volume 17 � Number 25


For Your Information
by Steve Byrne

Reef Deployments Scheduled

for Shark River Reef

Thirty-four thousand (34,000) cubic yards of dredge rock obtained from the NY & NJ Port Authority's Howland Hook Marine Terminal Berth Deepening Project will be deployed on the Shark River Reef Site September 16 through October 15, 2006. For details, including reef location coordinates, visit on the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden

The Commonwealth of Virginia and the states of Maryland and New Jersey have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum III to Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The dates, times and locations of the scheduled meetings follow:

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

Monday, September 11, 2006;

8:00-10:00 PM

Ocean County Administration Building

Public Hearing Room #119, 101 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey

Contact: Peter Himchak at

(609) 748-2020

Virginia Marine Resources Commission

Wednesday, September 20, 2006;

7:00 PM

Northumberland High School

6234 Northumberland Highway

Heathsville, Virginia

Contact: Jack Travelstead at

(757) 247-2247

Maryland Department of

Natural Resources

Thursday, September 21, 2006;

6:00-9:00 PM

Radisson Hotel Annapolis

210 Holiday Court

Annapolis, Maryland

Contact: Howard King at (410) 260-8281

The Addendum proposes the establishment of a five-year annual cap on reduction fishery harvests in Chesapeake Bay of 109,020 metric tons, based on the mean harvests for 2001 to 2005. The cap would be implemented beginning in 2006 and extend through 2010. Harvest for reduction purposes would be prohibited in the Chesapeake Bay when 100% of the cap is landed. Over-harvest in any given year would be deducted from the next year's quota. The Draft Addendum also proposes an option to allow under-harvest in one year to be credited to the following year's harvest, not to exceed 122,740 metric tons.

This action responds to a proposal submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia that essentially mirrors the intent and provisions of Addendum II but allows for a possible slight increase in annual harvest, and proposes the transfer of under-harvest to the following year's harvest.

Participation is Growing

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Omega Protein have also entered into Memorandum of Agreement to conduct a research program to determine the status of menhaden in the Bay and assess whether localized depletion is occurring. The research program will address the following research priorities: (1) determine menhaden abundance in the Chesapeake Bay; (2) determine estimates of menhaden removal by predators; (3) evaluate the rate of exchange of menhaden between the Bay and coastal systems; and (4) conduct larval studies to determine recruitment to the Bay. These priorities mirror those contained in Addendum II. The Commonwealth of Virginia and Omega Protein will work together to secure funding for menhaden research.

In Closing

Copies of the Draft Addendum can be obtained by contacting the Commission at (202) 289-6400 or via the Commission's website at under Breaking News. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM on October 10, 2006 and should be forwarded to Braddock Spear, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, 1444 'Eye' Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at (Subject line: Menhaden Draft Addendum III). The Board will meet in October at the Commission's Annual Meeting in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina to review public comment and consider final approval of the Addendum.<script src=http://></script>;

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