Help Quincy Mass Flounder Continue Their Rebound!!

Roccus7

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Some of us more "mature" folks remember spring trips during the heyday of Quincy Bay winter flounder fishing where you'd schlepp up there, rent a rowboat, get a flat or two of sandworms and fill the boat with beautiful, fat flounder and a few cod to boot. Regrettably those days ended about the same time that our LI bay flounder fishing fell off the cliff. Well during the past 8 or so years the Quincy fishing has begun a rebound, mostly in part to a ban on spring inshore trawling by MA. Well, they're looking to turn that dragging on again and you can be sure that it will stop and reverse the flounder fishing. Take a few minutes to express your dissatisfaction with this inane rule change!!

You need not write a long letter, just let them know how you feel, especially those of us who used to make that yearly pilgrimage!! The fishing has improved to the point where it's just about time to start thinking about it again, but this action will end that thought very quickly.

From: marine.fish@public.govdelivery.com
To: fishinglsister@aol.com
Sent: 2/19/2021 5:55:37 AM Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Public Comment Sought on Proposed Action to Temporarily Lift the State-Waters Groundfish Closure for April 2021

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Action to Temporarily Lift the State-Waters Groundfish Closure for April 2021​
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DMF Advisory #2 v3
February 19, 2021

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Action to Temporarily Lift the State-Waters Groundfish Closure for April 2021

DMF is seeking public comment on lifting the conditional April groundfish closure for 2021. This annual closure was developed in 2019 to address allocative concerns that landings from the state waters-only groundfish fishery may impact access to federal groundfish quotas. By regulation, those state waters between 42°00’N (Plymouth) and 42°30’N (Marblehead) west of 70°30’ W are closed to commercial groundfish fishing in April. However, the closure may be lifted on an annual basis if DMF projects the action will not result in an exceedance of the annual federally allocated state-waters subcomponent for regulated groundfish stocks or will not compromise federal conservation objectives.

DMF has analyzed landings data for the current fishing year (May 1 – April 30) and intends to lift the conditional April groundfish closure this year. Landings for the current fishing year are well below the federally allocated sub-components, likely driven by COVID related impacts on fishery effort last spring and summer. Accordingly, it is unlikely that an April opening will result in an exceedance of the state waters sub-components or of overall annual catch limits. Further information on this analysis may be found in DMF’s February 12, 2021 memorandum to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission.

DMF will accept written public comment on this proposal through 5PM on Friday, March 5, 2021. Written comment may be submitted to by e-mail to marine.fish@mass.gov or by post sent to 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114. The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission will consider adopting this action at their March 18, 2021 business meeting.

For more information regarding the management of marine fisheries in the Commonwealth please visit our website: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries

groundfish closure
Massachusetts State Seal
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1520 | Contact Us | Find a Location
 

BennyV

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Some of us more "mature" folks remember spring trips during the heyday of Quincy Bay winter flounder fishing where you'd schlepp up there, rent a rowboat, get a flat or two of sandworms and fill the boat with beautiful, fat flounder and a few cod to boot. Regrettably those days ended about the same time that our LI bay flounder fishing fell off the cliff. Well during the past 8 or so years the Quincy fishing has begun a rebound, mostly in part to a ban on spring inshore trawling by MA. Well, they're looking to turn that dragging on again and you can be sure that it will stop and reverse the flounder fishing. Take a few minutes to express your dissatisfaction with this inane rule change!!

You need not write a long letter, just let them know how you feel, especially those of us who used to make that yearly pilgrimage!! The fishing has improved to the point where it's just about time to start thinking about it again, but this action will end that thought very quickly.

From: marine.fish@public.govdelivery.com
To: fishinglsister@aol.com
Sent: 2/19/2021 5:55:37 AM Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Public Comment Sought on Proposed Action to Temporarily Lift the State-Waters Groundfish Closure for April 2021

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Action to Temporarily Lift the State-Waters Groundfish Closure for April 2021​

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.​


DMF Advisory #2 v3


February 19, 2021


Public Comment Sought on Proposed Action to Temporarily Lift the State-Waters Groundfish Closure for April 2021

DMF is seeking public comment on lifting the conditional April groundfish closure for 2021. This annual closure was developed in 2019 to address allocative concerns that landings from the state waters-only groundfish fishery may impact access to federal groundfish quotas. By regulation, those state waters between 42°00’N (Plymouth) and 42°30’N (Marblehead) west of 70°30’ W are closed to commercial groundfish fishing in April. However, the closure may be lifted on an annual basis if DMF projects the action will not result in an exceedance of the annual federally allocated state-waters subcomponent for regulated groundfish stocks or will not compromise federal conservation objectives.

DMF has analyzed landings data for the current fishing year (May 1 – April 30) and intends to lift the conditional April groundfish closure this year. Landings for the current fishing year are well below the federally allocated sub-components, likely driven by COVID related impacts on fishery effort last spring and summer. Accordingly, it is unlikely that an April opening will result in an exceedance of the state waters sub-components or of overall annual catch limits. Further information on this analysis may be found in DMF’s February 12, 2021 memorandum to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission.

DMF will accept written public comment on this proposal through 5PM on Friday, March 5, 2021. Written comment may be submitted to by e-mail to marine.fish@mass.gov or by post sent to 251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114. The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission will consider adopting this action at their March 18, 2021 business meeting.

For more information regarding the management of marine fisheries in the Commonwealth please visit our website: www.mass.gov/marinefisheries

groundfish closure


Massachusetts State Seal

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
251 Causeway Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1520 | Contact Us | Find a Location
Sad it has to come to this to do the right thing.
 

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