The Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council is holding a public meeting regarding squid management options.
I received this as an e-mail from the council and wanted to post it here in case anyone would be interested.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT: Mary Clark
May 7, 2013 (302) 674-2331 (ext. 261)
Council to Discuss Squid Management with Fishing Industry at Upcoming Meetings
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Date: May 22, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.-noon (can go later if
Location: Superior Trawl- 55 State Street,
Narragansett, RI 02882
Cape May, New Jersey
Date: June 5, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (can go later if
Location: Congress Hall Hotel- 29 Perry
St, Cape May, NJ 08204, (888) 944-1816.
The Council has scheduled two public meetings to talk with members of the fishing industry about options for
improving management of the longfin and Illex squid fisheries. The meetings will build on input provided by
fishermen, processors, scientists, and managers during a Squid Management Workshop held in January 2013. The
workshop focused on options for implementing responsive harvest strategies in the squid fisheries. The Council is
seeking additional industry input on responsive harvest strategies as well as general concerns and
recommendations for improving squid management. A full summary and additional materials from the workshop
are available at: http://www.mafmc.org/workshop/squid-management-workshop-january-2013.
Those who are unable to attend the meetings may also submit comments through our website at:
These meetings are not associated with a specific action or proposed amendment, but comments provided during
the meetings will be considered by the Council during future discussions of squid management, including the June
2013 Council meeting when 2014 specifications are approved.
Both squid stocks are currently managed with annual catch quotas, and the longfin squid quota is partitioned into
trimester quotas to distribute landings throughout the year. Although longfin squid landings have only exceeded
the annual quota once, the high frequency of trimester closures during periods of high squid abundance has
prompted industry concerns and requests for more responsive management approaches.
The term “responsive harvest strategies” includes a broad spectrum of management approaches that account for
seasonal and year-to-year fluctuations of a stock. Implementation of a responsive harvest strategy in the squid
fisheries could potentially help avoid in-season closures without having adverse impacts on the stock. However,
these strategies can also be data intensive and challenging to implement effectively. Participants in the squid
management workshop noted that changes in management can have uneven impacts on different locations and
different types of vessels and recommended that the Council seek broader input from the fishing industry before
considering any management changes.
Please direct questions to Jason Didden, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, andButterfish, through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (302) 526-5254.