You are likely aware by now of the Emergency Action that the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission took on May 2nd to reduce the slot limit on striped bass to 28-31 inches. Their objective was to remove the relatively abundant 2015 year class (now +31 inches) from the slot as an effort to increase the spawning stock biomass needed to rebuild striper bass to target by 2029. This action was an “Emergency” due to years of half-hearted efforts, all of which fell short, putting striped bass on the road to recovery. And a string of disappointing spawning results. Needless to say, there is a lot riding on the 2015 year class.
ASMFC has scheduled four meetings to discuss the Emergency Action. The last one is next Wednesday. Attending the meeting next Wednesday and commenting that you support this action is critical. Here is thelink to register for the hearing. Be polite and let the commissioners know what state you are from.
Saltwater Edge commented at the third meeting last Tuesday. Here is the script I created. Feel free to take it and tweak it to present your honest opinion.
Here is a guideline to make your comments short and effective. It’s perfectly fine to read from your script.
Thank you to the Commission for the opportunity to comment (or similar)
My Name is (you got this)
I live in the state of _____
You can help by inserting your opinion here. Explain why abundant striped bass is so important to you personally. This is what Commissioners want to hear from you/ the public. Speak from the heart but get to the point other folks are waiting to comment. I have found the script helpful in that regard.
Thank the Commission again for the opportunity to comment
This is the last chance to get your voice heard, and Saltwater Edge encourages you to participate.
Wednesday, May 31
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Clickhere to register for the opportunity to make your voice heard. Please take advantage of this opportunity.
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