Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Joint Meeting of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Management Boards

I attended the ASMFC meeting Wed, July 6, 2016 which was all about potential additional cuts for 2016 for Black Sea Bass.  According to final MRIP numbers, our northern states continue to catch the majority of our quota while the southern states and Virginia catch very little of the quota for BSB.  This board considered additional cuts for the 2016 season but no motion was made for cuts so ASMFC is not moving forward with cuts for 2016 at this time.  NOAA / NMFS could still implement cuts if they deem it necessary to prevent overfishing for 2016 .  Here is the link to the meeting materials.

I provided the VSSA position during this meeting which is no further cuts are justified and requested that Virginia be given back our winter access to BSB Jan-April given Virginia has not come even close to exceeding any projected numbers for BSB.  You can listen to the audio at the YouTube video below and the VSSA position is stated at 1:51 30 seconds.