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ATLANTIC HERRING SECTION (FEBRUARY 4, 200
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Meeting Summary ...........................................................................................................................................3
Motions...............................................................................................................................................................3
ATLANTIC STRIPED BASS MANAGEMENT BOARD (FEBRUARY 4, 200
...................................3
Press Release.....................................................................................................................................................3
Striped Bass Stock Assessment Indicates Healthy Stock ........................................................................3
Motions...............................................................................................................................................................5
AMERICAN LOBSTER MANAGEMENT BOARD (FEBRUARY 4, 200
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Press Release.....................................................................................................................................................5
Meeting Summary ...........................................................................................................................................6
Motions...............................................................................................................................................................6
TAUTOG MANAGEMENT BOARD (FEBRUARY 5, 200
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Meeting Summary ...........................................................................................................................................6
Motions...............................................................................................................................................................6
SHAD & RIVER HERRING MANAGEMENT BOARD (FEBRUARY 5, 200
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Meeting Summary ...........................................................................................................................................7
Motions...............................................................................................................................................................7
WEAKFISH MANAGEMENT BOARD (FEBRUARY 5, 200
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Meeting Summary ...........................................................................................................................................8
Motions...............................................................................................................................................................8
SUMMER FLOUNDER, SCUP, AND BLACK SEA BASS BOARD (FEBRUARY 7, 200
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Press Release.....................................................................................................................................................9
Meeting Summary ...........................................................................................................................................9
Motions.............................................................................................................................................................10
Atlantic States Marine
Fisheries Commission
2008 Winter Meeting Summary
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ISFMP POLICY BOARD (FEBRUARY 6 & 7, 200
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Meeting Summary .........................................................................................................................................10
Motions.............................................................................................................................................................11
BUSINESS SESSION (FEBRUARY 7, 200
..................................................................................................12
Press Release...................................................................................................................................................12
Motions.............................................................................................................................................................12
AMERICAN EEL MANAGEMENT BOARD (FEBRUARY 7, 200
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Meeting Summary .........................................................................................................................................13
Motions.............................................................................................................................................................13
HORSESHOE CRAB MANAGEMENT BOARD (FEBRUARY 7, 200
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Press Release...................................................................................................................................................13
Meeting Summary .........................................................................................................................................14
Motions.............................................................................................................................................................14
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ATLANTIC HERRING SECTION (February 4, 200

Meeting Summary
The Atlantic Herring Section met to review preliminary 2007 landings, discuss spawning closures, and
review short-term and long-term issues.
The meeting began with Dr. Matt Cieri presenting preliminary landings updates from 2007. Preliminary
data estimates that there were no overages in any of the United States management areas during 2007.
The Canadian New Brunswick (NB) weir fishery increased roughly 19,000 mt from 2006 to 2007. The
NB weir fishery is of concern to the Section because it has no set quota and catches fish that migrate
between US and Canadian waters. Specific concerns are that if NB weir landings continue to increase,
they could hinder the Commission?s ability to sustainably manage the herring resource. The Section
requested a letter be sent to NOAA Fisheries expressing its concerns. The letter is intended to begin a
dialogue between ASMFC and NOAA Fisheries about establishing a transboundary specification setting
process between the US and Canada.
Dr. Cieri then summarized a recent Technical Committee (TC) conference call that focused on the
efficacy of recent spawning closures. Prior to the call, Section and Advisory Panel (AP) members were
asked to submit specific questions for the TC to answer. During the call the TC had gone through the
questions one-by-one, determining which questions can be answered and how many man-hours it will
take to answer each question. The TC came up with some clarifying questions for the Section as well.
Following the discussion, the Section tasked the TC to estimate what age fish were caught, discarded, and
landed under the 20%, 0% and ?no-? tolerances. Dr. Cieri estimated that this analysis would be
completed by mid to late April 2008. Once the TC?s analysis has been summarized, the Advisory Panel
will meet to discuss the report. Both the TC and AP will present their summaries to the Section during
the Commission?s Summer Meeting.
The meeting concluded with a brief overview of upcoming herring issues. The specific issues were
financial resources, an upcoming days-out meeting, NEFMC Amendment IV, and research set-asides. For
more information, please contact Christopher Vonderweidt, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, at
(202 289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
No motions made.
ATLANTIC STRIPED BASS MANAGEMENT BOARD (February 4, 200

Press Release
Striped Bass Stock Assessment Indicates Healthy Stock
Female Spawning Stock Biomass Remains High
Scientific advice presented to the Commission?s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board indicates that
striped bass management under Amendment 6 to the Interstate Plan continues to be a success. The
benchmark stock assessment, recently endorsed by an independent panel of fishery scientists, concluded
that striped bass are not overfished and overfishing in not occurring. The assessment estimates that the
resource remains at a high level with spawning stock biomass (SSB) at 55 million pounds, well above the
SSB target and threshold levels of 38.6 and 30.9 million pounds, respectively. Estimates of juvenile
abundance showed several years of strong recruitment, with the 2003 cohort being the strongest in the
time series. The statistical catch at age (SCA) model used by the Striped Bass Technical Committee
estimated the 2006 fishing mortality rate on age 8-11 fish to be F=0.31, which is below the Amendment 6
fishing mortality threshold of 0.41. Retrospective analysis of the SCA model, as well as tag-based
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estimates of fishing mortality presented in the assessment, indicate that the 2006 fishing mortality is also
below the Amendment 6 target of 0.30.
Total striped bass harvest (commercial and recreational) in 2006 was estimated at 3.82 million fish, a 46
percent increase from 2002 (prior to the implementation of Amendment 6). Commercial harvest (1.05
million fish) was dominated by Maryland?s commercial fisheries, which made up 62 percent of the total
commercial landings by number in 2006. Commercial discards in 2006 were estimated at 216,753 fish.
Recreational harvest (2.77 million fish) and discard losses (2.07 million fish) accounted for 79 percent of
total fishery removals in 2006. Maryland recreational fisheries harvested 24 percent of total recreational
landings in number, followed by Virginia (22 percent), New Jersey (18 percent), Massachusetts (12
percent), and New York (11 percent).
The Peer Review Panel endorsed the use of the SCA model for producing SSB and fishing mortality
estimates that can be judged against the current biological reference points. The new model is a
significant departure from the virtual population analysis that has been used to assess striped bass stock
status since 1997. It is an aged-based model that projects the population numbers-at-age forward through
time, rather than backwards, given model estimates of recruitment and age-specific total mortality.
Additional tag-based results from the catch-equation method support the SCA model?s results that striped
bass are not overfished.
Based on advice of the Technical Committee, the Board maintained the states? management programs at
status quo. The Technical Committee will continue to monitor the status of the stock and refine stock
assessment methodology as necessary. The next stock assessment update will be conducted in 2009.
Copies of the stock assessment will be available on the Commission website (www.asmfc.org under
Breaking News) by mid-February. For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fisheries
Management Plan Coordinator, at (202)289-6400 or <[email protected]>.
PR08-03
Atlantic Striped Bass Female Spawning Stock Biomass (SSB)
and Fully-Recruited Fishing Mortality Rate (F ages 8-11)
Source: ASMFC Striped Bass Technical Committee, 2007
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Timeline of Management Actions: Amendments 1 & 2 (1984); Amendment 3 (1985); Amendment 4
(1990); Amendment 5 (1995); Amendment 6 (2003)
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Motions
Motion to nominate Jack Travelstead.
Motion made by Mr. White, second by Mr. Adler. Motion passes.
Motion to approve Rodney Gray to the Advisory Panel.
Motion made by Mr. Stockwell, second by Mr. Nelson. Motion passes.
AMERICAN LOBSTER MANAGEMENT BOARD (February 4, 200

Press Release
ASMFC American Lobster Board Approves Two Draft Addenda
for Public Review and Comment
Alexandria, VA ? The Commission?s American Lobster Board approved the release of two draft addenda
to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster for public comment.
Draft Addendum XII proposes the establishment of protocols for the consistent application of trap
transferability programs for the plan?s lobster conservation management areas (LCMAs), while Draft
Addendum XIII proposes the formalization of the Outer Cape Cod?s effort control plan as adopted and
implemented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In order to ensure that the various LCMA-specific effort control plans remain cohesive and viable, and
that one jurisdiction?s interpretation of its effort control plan does not undermine the implementation of
another jurisdiction?s plan, Draft Addendum XII proposes to do three things. First, it would seek to clarify
certain principles present in the Commission?s overall history-based trap allocation effort control plan.
Second, it would reconsider the Commission?s most restrictive rule as stated in Addendum IV. Third, it
would establish further management measures to ensure that history-based trap allocation effort control
plans in the various LCMAs would be implemented without undermining resource conservation efforts of
neighboring jurisdictions or LCMAs.
The goal of the Draft Addendum is to provide for fair and consistent implementation of individual trap
transferable (ITT) programs that allow for flexibility to the fishery, meet the conservation objectives of
the plan, and ensure that effort does not increase as a result of trap transfers. Addendum VII specified that
an ITT program would be established. Transferability was a critical element brought forward by the Area
2 Lobster Conservation Management Team in developing the Area 2 effort control plan outlined in
Addendum VII.
Draft Addendum XIII proposes to formalize, through the Commission?s lobster management program, the
Outer Cape Cod?s effort control plan as adopted and implemented by the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. The Draft Addendum proposes to eliminate further trap reductions currently scheduled for
Outer Cape Cod in 2008, given improved stock conditions in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank.
It is anticipated that many states will be conducting public hearings on the Draft Addendum XII. A
hearing on Draft Addendum XIII will be conducted in Massachusetts. A press release announcing the
details of those hearings as well as the availability of both documents will be released shortly. For more
information, please contact Toni Kerns, Senior Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator for Management,
at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
PR08-04
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Meeting Summary
The American Lobster Management Board met to review a number of issues. The Technical Committee
Chair updated the Board on the relative stock trends. The Board reviewed the Area 3 Lobster
Conservation Management Team proposal to amend the trap cap and conservation tax under its
transferability plan. The Board delayed action to allow for an analysis of possible effort shifts within Area
3.
The Technical Committee reviewed proposals from Maine and Massachusetts that requested the use of
alternative methods to fulfill the dealer data requirement for reporting NMFS statistical area fished. The
Maine DMR seeks conservation equivalency by assigning landings from dealers based on the dealer
location relative to adjacent statistical areas. The Massachusetts DMF seeks conservation equivalency by
using the current data collection system that accounts for all permit holders through its annual recall log.
The reports attribute area fished and landings on a monthly basis and are submitted to the agency
annually. The Technical Committee found the methods acceptable for purposes of identifying the
statistical area fished. The Board approved the conservation equivalency request for the dealer reporting
requirement of area fished for Maine and Massachusetts.
The Board approved the request from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that the Technical Committee
review its conservation equivalency proposal to amend the v-notch definition for LCMA 1 in
Massachusetts state waters. For more information, please contact Toni Kerns, Senior Fisheries
Management Plan Coordinator for Management, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
Move that the Board include in draft Addendum XII a cost estimate for the trap transferability
program and solicit public comment on specific options to fund the program.
Motion made by Mr. Nelson, second by Mr. Adler. Motion passes.
Move that the Board approve the draft Addendum XII for public hearing and comment as
modified today.
Motion made by Mr. Adler, second by Mr. Nelson. Motion passes.
Move that the Board approve for public comment draft Addendum XIII to include only the
provisions concerning the LCMA OCC.
Motion made by Mr. P. White, second by Rep. Abbott. Motion passes.
Move to approve the conservation equivalency proposals for Addendum X from Massachusetts and
Maine.
Motion made by Mr. Lapointe, second by Mr. Nelson. Motion passes.
Move to nominate Mark Gibson as the Vice Chair of the Lobster Management Board.
Motion made by Mr. Lapointe, second by Mr. Augustine. Motion passes without objection.
TAUTOG MANAGEMENT BOARD (February 5, 200

Meeting Summary
See press release on page 12.
Motions
I move that the Tautog Management Board recommend to the ISFMP Policy Board that the State
of New Jersey be found out of compliance for not fully and effectively implementing and enforcing
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Addendum IV and Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The State
of New Jersey has not implemented management measures to achieve the required 25.6 percent
reduction in exploitation. This reduction in exploitation is necessary to initiate rebuilding of the
overfished tautog stock. In order to come back into compliance the State of New Jersey must
implement management measures that achieve the required reduction in exploitation as required
by Addenda IV and V.
Motion made by Mr. Smith, second Mr. Gilmore. Motion passes (7 in favor, 1 opposed, 0 null votes and
abstentions).
SHAD & RIVER HERRING MANAGEMENT BOARD (February 5, 200

Meeting Summary
The Shad and River Herring Management Board was presented input from the Technical Committee,
Advisory Panel, and the public on the Public Information Document (PID) for Amendment 2 (River
Herring) to the Shad and River Herring FMP. The Management Board voted to develop Draft
Amendment 2 that would contain the management options from the PID in addition to options
recommended by the Advisory Panel (AP) and Technical Committee (TC). The management option
proposed by the AP would require effort reductions in directed commercial fisheries and regulation of
river herring bycatch. For commercial fisheries, the TC option includes:
1. Elimination of directed fisheries unless a state can demonstrate that a stock can support a fishery
2. Mandatory reporting from all directed fisheries
3. Mandatory reporting of bycatch and discards from all fisheries
4. Mandatory reporting of bycatch, discards, and landings of river herring from at-sea fisheries.
Observer coverage should be increased to levels that would allow for reliable estimates of
bycatch for the entire fishery(ies).
5. Fisheries can be reinstated if states can demonstrate that a stock can support a fishery.
For recreational fisheries, the TC option is an elimination of river herring harvest unless a state can
demonstrate that a stock can support a fishery, quantification of recreational harvest when allowed, and
the reestablishment of fisheries if a state can demonstrate that a stock can support a fishery. The
Management Board voted to include critical habitat areas for and threats to river herring in the Draft
Amendment along with a characterization of the critical information needed in order to monitor river
herring populations.
The Board reviewed the current status of the Shad and River Herring Advisory (AP) membership and
elected to update the AP membership to include a shad representative and river herring representative
from each state. This would expand the size of the Shad and River Herring AP.
Other items addressed by the Board include the election of Malcolm Rhodes as Vice-Chair and the
approval of the appointment of the River Herring Stock Assessment Subcommittee (SASC). The
following individuals were appointment to the SASC: Mike Brown, Gary Nelson, Andrew Kahnle, Russ
Allen, Bob Sadzinksi, Laura Lee, Christine Burgess, and Reid Hyle. For more information, please contact
Erika Robbins, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
Move to develop Amendment 2 with all of the options that were in the PID, plus development of an
option as recommended by the Technical Committee, plus development of an option as
recommended by the AP, and including development of a strategy to acquire appropriate bycatch
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monitoring data. Also, identify critical habitat areas and threats and characterize critical empirical
information that we need in order to monitor populations.
Motion made by Mr. Smith, second by Mr. Damon. Motion passes.
Move to nominate Dr. Malcolm Rhodes as Vice-Chair.
Motion made by Dr. Kray, second by Mr. Augustine. Motion passes by unanimous consent.
WEAKFISH MANAGEMENT BOARD (February 5, 200

Meeting Summary
The Weakfish Management Board met with two main objectives: (1) reviewing the 2007 Fishery
Management Plan (FMP) Review and state compliance with the management program in 2006; and (2)
receiving an update on the Stock Assessment Subcommittee?s preparation for the 2009 weakfish stock
assessment.
The Board approved the annual FMP Review, which provided an update on the status of management
measures, the stock, the fisheries, research and monitoring activities, research needs, and state compliance
with the management program. The document reported that three states had failed to collect the number
of weakfish ages and/or lengths in 2006 required by Addendum I to Amendment 4 due to funding issues,
personnel shortages, and the inherent difficulty in sampling from a fishery with low landings. The Board
found all states to be compliant with the management plan, but also tasked the Technical Committee with
considering other sources of biological sampling for those states experiencing difficulty achieving their
requirements.
In their 2007 state compliance reports, five states requested de minimis status, a designation indicating
that a state?s total landings are an insignificant portion of the coastwide total landings (less than 1 percent)
and exempting that state from certain elements of the management program. The Board approved the
requests from all five states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The FMP
Review also reported that two states activated the second management trigger of Addendum II to
Amendment 4 (that the Board consider reevaluating the management plan when a state?s total landings
exceed it?s five-year mean by more than 25 percent). Because both states meeting the trigger are de
minimis, the Plan Review Team considered their change in landings to be insignificant. The Board
determined that no change to the management plan was required at the time.
The Weakfish Stock Assessment Subcommittee met in January, and Subcommittee Chair Jeff Brust
provided a report to the Board on that meeting. As part of this meeting, the Subcommittee developed a set
of preliminary terms of reference for the next weakfish assessment, due to be peer reviewed through a
Northeast Regional Stock Assessment Workshop in the first half of 2009. The Board approved the terms
of reference.
For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, at (202)
289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
Move to grant de minimis status for 2008 to FL, GA, SC, CT, and MA.
Motion made by Mr. Smith, second by Mr. Carpenter. Motion passes without objection.
Move to approve the 2007 FMP Review.
Motion made by Mr. Adler, second by Dr. Rhodes. Motion passes.
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Move to approve the stock assessment terms of reference.
Motion made by Mr. Smith, second by Mr. Adler. Motions passes.
SUMMER FLOUNDER, SCUP, AND BLACK SEA BASS BOARD (February 7, 200

Press Release
ASMFC Summer Flounder Board Approves State Recreational Management Measures
Alexandria, VA ? The Commission?s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management
Board approved state management proposals for the 2008 recreational fishery for summer flounder. In
developing measures to stay within the coastwide recreational harvest target of 2.05 million fish, states
used state-specific performance factors developed by the Summer Flounder Technical Committee. The
performance factors account for states? past performance in achieving their quota target, as well as
increased effort, increased stock size, and percent standard error considerations in state-specific
estimates generated by the Marine Recreational Fishery Statistics Survey. States that fail to implement
the approved management measures (or measures developed through the approved methodology) will
be required to implement a precautionary default measure of a two fish possession limit at a 20-inch
minimum size with an open season from July 4 to September 1, 2008.
The state-approved management measures fall under the Commission?s summer flounder management
program, which allows for the use of conservation equivalency. Conservation equivalency provides
states the option of crafting state-specific management measures that best meet the needs of their
fishermen while also meeting the conservation requirements of the resource program. All
conservationally-equivalent management measures must be reviewed and approved by the Summer
Flounder Technical Committee and the Management Board before they can be implemented. Since
conservation equivalency was initiated in the summer flounder management program in 2001, the
states have had mixed success in limiting coastwide recreational harvest to within the specified harvest
target. The inclusion of the performance factor in developing state-specific measures this year is
intended to help the states constrain their recreational harvest to meet both the overall recreational
harvest target as well as state-specific harvest targets.
States will now have to go through their own individual regulatory processes to finalize their summer
flounder recreational measures. For more information on those measures, contact your state marine
fishery agency.
The Board also approved scup recreational management measures for the northern region
(Massachusetts through New York). The private and shore-based fishery will have a 10.5 inch
minimum size, 10 fish bag limit, and an open season of May 24 through September 25. The for-hire
fishery (party and charterboat) will have an 11-inch minimum size and a 10 fish bag limit for 81
consecutive days (each state will determine their own season, to fall anytime between May 15 and
October 15). The for-hire fishery will also have a bonus season for 45 consecutive days (also selected
by the states) with a 45 fish bag limit. For more information, please contact Toni Kerns, Senior
Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator for Management, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
PR08-05
Meeting Summary
The Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board met to review a number of issues.
The Board adjusted the 2008 summer scup commercial quota to account for the overage of the 2007
summer scup commercial quota in federal waters. The overage will be spread out over two years (50% in
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both 2008 and 2009). If the entire summer quota is not landed in 2008, whatever quota remains will be
used to reduce the 2009 portion of the overage. This action was taken to minimize inequity between statepermitted
and federally permitted vessels could occur in 2008.
NOAA Fisheries accounts for landings on the date of purchase, not the date landed. This has caused
concern regarding scup commercial landings at the end of the winter I period. Because landings are not
always landed and sold on the same day, scup landed under the large winter I trip limit have been applied
to the summer period state quota. In states with relatively small summer period quotas this can cause
considerable overages. The Board adjusted the end date for the winter I scup commercial fishery from
April 30 to April 28 to ensure that any scup that are landed in winter I, but sold in the summer period, are
applied to the winter I quota, regardless of date sold (the closure allows a few days to pass for sales to be
completed). No scup can be landed/possessed on commercial vessels in state waters from April 28-April
30. For more information, please contact Toni Kerns, Senior Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator for
Management, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
Motion to approve the various state proposals.
Motion made by Mr. Adler, second by Mr. Munden. Motion carries.
Move to amend the coastwide default and adopt the default recommended by the TC (20?
minimum size, 2 fish, July 4-September 1).
Motion made by Dr. Pierce, second by Mr. Augustine. Motion carries.
Move to that the Board adopt the northern regional approach for scup regional management as
presented today.
Motion made by Mr. Smith, second by Mr. Gilmore. Motion carries.
Move to close the winter I period on April 28 with the understanding that no landings/possession of
scup would occur until May 1, the beginning of the summer period.
Motion made by Mr. Augustine, second by Ms. Kurkul. Motion carries.
Move that the scup commercial summer overages that occurred in 2007 will be applied over 2 years
(50% in 2008 and 50% in 2009). Any underages that occur in 2008 would be applied to the 2009
summer period quota.
Motion made by Mr. Augustine, second by Mr. Pope. Motion carries.
Move to amend the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass FMP to incorporate mandatory regional
management as a tool and remove the optional language for the summer flounder recreational
fishery.
Motion made by Mr. Gilmore, second by Mr. Smith. Motion fails.
ISFMP POLICY BOARD (February 6 & 7, 200

Meeting Summary
The Interstate Fisheries Management Program Policy Board met during the Commission?s Winter
Meeting. The Policy Board received an update on activities associated with non-native oysters, with an
updated report from the Interstate Shellfish Transport Committee distributed to the Policy Board. The
Policy Board agreed to continue the development of a letter to the Secretaries of Natural Resources from
Maryland and Virginia, and the Army Corps of Engineers. The letter would provide feedback on the
status of the environmental impact statement for restoring oysters in the Chesapeake Bay and provide
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comment on experimental trials of non-native oysters. The states were asked to provide their comments
to staff on the draft letter by February 20, 2008. Once the letter is acceptable to the states it will be sent
to the states and the Corps of Engineers.
The Policy Board continued its discussion on the Commission involvement in the development of
recreational registries within the states. The Policy Board received brief updates on the development of
the federal recreational registry and the effort to improve the federal recreational data collection program.
The Policy Board did not take action on Commission involvement in state recreational registries. The
Board determined that the draft rule for the federal recreational data collection program is needed prior to
determining if any Commission involvement is appropriate.
The Policy Board received a report from the State/Federal Alignment Subcommittee. This Subcommittee
was charged with brainstorming ideas that might improve the alignment of state and federal fisheries
management program. The Subcommittee recommended that a working group be formed to continue to
discuss this issue. The Policy Board agreed with this recommendation and indicated that the working
group should at a minimum include the ASMFC Chair, the Chairs from the New England and Mid-
Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and the Northeast Regional Administrator. A report will be given
to the Policy Board at the ASMFC Spring Meeting.
The Policy Board received a brief update on the upcoming Fish Passage Workshop. The workshop will
be held on April 3 and 4. The location for this workshop is still being finalized. The goal of the
workshop is to initiate development of a Commission fish passage protocol that can be applied by the
states when addressing future passage issues.
The Policy Board recommended to the full Commission that the State of New Jersey be found out of
compliance for not fully implementing the mandatory provisions of Addendum IV and V to the Tautog
FMP. The details of this decision can be found in the press release included under the Business Session
of this meeting summary (page 12).
Under other business, the Policy Board addressed a number of issues. Based on a request from Virginia
and North Carolina the Board requested that staff provide a summary of the performance of the spiny
dogfish quota management program. This summary will be considered by the Spiny Dogfish and Coastal
Shark Management Board at the Commission?s Spring Meeting.
The Policy Board agreed that staff should prepare a draft proposal for possible submission to the Atlantic
Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program requesting financial support for a database to track the transfer of
lobster trap tag allocations. Staff will be developing this proposal for consideration at the Commission?s
Spring Meeting.
The final action taken by the Policy Board was to form a working group to work on the allocation of
Commission managed species. This group will be formed by the Commission Chair and will report back
to the Policy Board at the Commission?s Spring Meeting. For more information, please contact Robert
Beal, ISFMP Director, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
Move that ASMFC and ACCSP work collaboratively to recommend a list of data elements that
would be used by states when developing recreational registry programs (option 2 and 3).
Motion made by Mr. Grout, second by Mr. Augustine. Motion postponed until Spring Meeting.
Move to postpone to the Policy Board meeting in May 2008.
Motion made by Mr. Boyles, second by Mr. Carpenter. Motion passes unanimously.
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Move to accept the recommendation put forth by the committee on State-Federal Alignment.
Motion made by Mr. Adler, second by Mr. P. White. Motion carries.
Move that the ISFMP Policy Board recommend to the full Commission that the State of New Jersey
be found out of compliance for not fully and effectively implementing and enforcing Addendum IV
and Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The State of New Jersey
has not implemented management measures to achieve the required 25.6% reduction in
exploitation. This reduction in exploitation is necessary to initiate rebuilding of the overfished
tautog stock. In order to come back into compliance the State of New Jersey must implement
management measures that achieve the required reduction in exploitation as required by Addenda
IV and V.
Motion made by Dr. Pierce on behalf of the Tautog Management Board. Motion carries.
BUSINESS SESSION (February 7, 200

Press Release
ASMFC Finds New Jersey Out of Compliance with the Tautog FMP
Noncompliance Finding to be Forwarded to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior
Alexandria, VA ? The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has found the State of New Jersey
out of compliance with the mandatory management measures contained in Addenda IV and V of the
Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The Commission will be notifying the Secretaries of
Commerce and the Interior of its finding. This action is taken pursuant to the provisions of the Atlantic
Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act of 1993.
The State of New Jersey has not implemented Addenda IV and V?s mandatory harvest reductions, which
require the state to implement a management program that will achieve a 25.6 percent reduction in
exploitation by January 1, 2008. This reduction is necessary to initiate rebuilding of the overfished tautog
stock and to maintain effective cooperative management of the tautog resource. According to the 2006
peer-reviewed stock assessment, the tautog resource continues to be at low biomass levels. Since the mid-
1980s tautog has undergone a substantial decrease in total and spawning stock biomass, with both
currently at levels about one-third of their historical averages.
To come back into compliance, New Jersey must implement management measures that reduce fishing
exploitation by 25.6 percent. Upon notification by the Commission, the Secretary of Commerce has 30
days to review the recommendation and determine appropriate action, which may include a federal
moratorium on fishing for tautog.
For more information, please contact Robert Beal, Director, Interstate Fisheries Management Program, at
(202) 289-6400.
PR08-06
Motions
On behalf of the ISFMP Policy Board, I move that the Commission find the State of New Jersey out
of compliance for not fully and effectively implementing and enforcing Addendum IV and
Addendum V to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The State of New Jersey has
not implemented management measures to achieve the required 25.6 percent reduction in
exploitation. This reduction in exploitation is necessary to initiate rebuilding of the overfished
tautog stock. In order to come back into compliance the State of New Jersey must implement
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management measures that achieve the required reduction in exploitation as required by Addenda
IV and V.
Motion made by Mr. Lapointe on behalf of the ISFMP Policy Board. Motion carries.
AMERICAN EEL MANAGEMENT BOARD (February 7, 200

Meeting Summary
The American Eel Management Board met to review the 2007 compliance reports for the 2006 fishing
year. After hearing a presentation of the Fishery Management Plan Review and Plan Review Team
Report, the Management Board accepted the reports and approved de minimis for Massachusetts,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and the District of Columbia. The Management Board
received updates on the development of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Great Lakes Fishery
Commission and the development of Addendum II. For more information, please contact Erika Robbins,
Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
Move to approve 2007 Plan Review Team Report and 2007 Fishery Management Plan Review.
Motion made by Mr. Nelson, second by Mr. Damon. Motion passes by consent.
Move to approve de minimis status for 2008 for the states of MA, PA, SC, GA, FL, and the District of
Columbia.
Motion made by Mr. Nelson, second by Mr. Augustine. Motion carries by consent.
HORSESHOE CRAB MANAGEMENT BOARD (February 7, 200

Press Release
ASMFC Horseshoe Crab Board Initiates Development of Draft Addendum V
Addendum Proposes to Extend Restrictions in Delaware Bay Region
Alexandria, VA ? With management measures under Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management
Plan for Horseshoe Crabs due to expire by September 30, 2008, the Commission?s Horseshoe Crab
Management Board has approved the initiation of Draft Addendum V. The Draft Addendum will include
all the current provisions of Addendum IV as well as an option for a harvest moratorium in New Jersey
and Delaware.
Based on the most recent surveys of horseshoe crabs, it appears that management measures in Addendum
IV and previous management plans are resulting in increased horseshoe crab abundance. A horseshoe
crab trawl survey administered by Virginia Tech shows increases over the past four to five years in all
demographic groups of horseshoe crabs in ocean waters near the Delaware Bay. A survey of spawning
crabs on the beaches of Delaware Bay indicate stable female spawning activity and increased male
spawning over the past nine years.
However, horseshoe crab management is a multi-species issue. Despite the positive signs in population
growth of horseshoe crabs around Delaware Bay, red knots, one of many shorebird species that feed upon
horseshoe crab eggs, show no sign of recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Shorebird Technical
Committee is expected to take a closer look this spring at the most recent shorebird survey data.
The Draft Addendum will be prepared for Management Board review in May 2008. Upon its approval, it
will be released for public review and comment in early summer. The Board will meet in August 2008 to
review input from the Horseshoe Crab Advisory Panel and the public, and consider final approval of the
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addendum. For more information, please contact Braddock Spear, Senior Fisheries Management Plan
Coordinator for Policy, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
Meeting Summary
The Horseshoe Crab Management Board initiated the development of draft Addendum V. The draft
Addendum will include the current provisions in Addendum IV as well as options for a harvest
moratorium in New Jersey and Delaware. Please see above press release for more information on the
addendum and most recent survey information.
The Board received a presentation on the conclusions of an economics study that it commissioned last
year. The study is an assessment of Mid-Atlantic horseshoe crab and dependent fisheries. The study also
discussed the initial effects of Addendum IV on the states of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and
Virginia.
The Board was also briefed on the continuing efforts of the Adaptive Resource Management Workgroup.
This group has been tasked with developing models to estimate horseshoe crab harvest levels that will
support recovery of the red knot population. Modeling work has begun and is expected to proceed
quicker once funding is secured and a post-doc is hired to lead this model development initiative.
For more information, please contact Braddock Spear, Senior Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator for
Policy, at (202) 289-6400 or [email protected].
Motions
Move to initiate Draft Addendum V that would contain the provisions of Addendum IV and an
option for moratorium (Delaware and New Jersey) for one year. The Addendum could be extended
for one additional year by Board Action.
Motion made by Mr. Travelstead; second by Mr. Smith. Motion carries unanimously
 

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Note that in the section dealing with the BSB, Scup & fluke board that a motion to include mandatory regional management was proposed and DEFEATED. I assume that this motion was at least partially motivated by the advisory board's reccomendation to move to regional managment of fluke.
 
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