ASMFC Seeks Public Comment on: (1) Atlantic Striped Bass PID (Public Hearing Presentation); (2) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Allocation Amendment (Public Hearing Presentation); and Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment
WWII played a significant role in the proceedings of the Commission's 1st Annual Meeting in 1942. The U.S. government believed that "food would win the war" and any limits or restrictions that would inhibit short-term food production were inconsistent with this outlook. President Roosevelt established a temporary Office of the Coordinator of Fisheries to ensure the greatest possible fish production, and each fisheries organization, including ASMFC, was directed to appoint a liason to that office. This spurred the Commission into instant action to coordinate, gather scientific knowledge, and conduct experiments all in the name of winning the war. Discussions at the Annual Meeting included setting aside the year's pack of salmon, sardines, Atlantic herring and mackerel for the government, and the development of a menhaden cannery especially for wartime consumption.
Public Information Document for Amendment 7 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass (public comment accepted until 5 PM EST, April 9, 2021; send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org - Subject line: Striped Bass PID)
Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial and Recreational Allocation Amendment for Public Comment (public comment will be accepted through March 16, 2021; send comments to email@example.com)