Published: June 3, 2010
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's American Lobster Management Board will hold a special meeting on July 22, 2010 (10 AM Ė 5 PM) in Warwick, Rhode Island to consider releasing for public comment Draft Addendum XVII to Amendment 3 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster. The draft addendum was developed in response to continued stock declines in Southern New England and includes a range of management options from no action to a moratorium.
The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza at the Crossings, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island (401/732-6000). Interested public are invited to attend and will be provided a limited opportunity for public comment. Since the Board will be discussing a document that it intends to send out for public comment, it will not be seeking input on the pros and cons of specific management options but rather whether the list of options is fully inclusive of all possible management responses.
If approved, the draft addendum will be released for public comment, with hearings to be held throughout Southern New England this summer.† If not approved, the Board will have another opportunity to review the document and consider releasing it for public comment at the Commissionís Summer Meeting this August. Additional information on the status of the Southern New England lobster stock is available at http://www.asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/lobster/minutesandmeetingsummaries/tc/2010/april2010_SNE_Recruitment_Failure_TCmemoB.pdf. Board materials will be available in early July via the Commissionís website at http://www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm (see July 22 American Lobster Board link). For more information, please contact Toni Kerns, ISFMP Senior FMP Coordinator, at (202)289-6400 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.