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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the New
Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and
Wildlife will host a public meeting regarding proposed modifications to
the ASMFC's Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic
Croaker.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, at the
Atlantic County Library, East Jimmie Leeds Road (Rt. 561) in Absecon,
Galloway Township. Similar meetings are scheduled for Georgia, Maryland,
North Carolina and Virginia.

The amendments incorporate information from the latest stock assessment
and peer review, as well as revisions to make the plan compatible with
mandates of the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act.
The discussion will focus on plan objectives, commercial/recreational
management measures and regional management approaches.

A copy of the proposals can be obtained via the ASMFC's web site at
www.asmfc.org under Breaking News or by calling 202-289-6400. Written
comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on February 2 and should be
forwarded to Nancy Wallace, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth
Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (fax); or
[email protected].

To read the web version of this release, click on the following link:

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2004/croaker_mtg.htm
 

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Funny. Looks like the croakers will be just like the weakfish. First, there were none around, just like weakfish. Then came the explosion in population, just like the weakies. Then came management, again, like weakies.

Give it a few years, the limit will be five croakers at 15". :)
 

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I'd be on the lookout for unnecessary and unreasonable minimum size limits right now.

BTW, the barn's own Nevermoor is the NJ recreational representative to the ASMFC croaker AP.
 

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I agree egghead. They don't want to see the rec catch continue or expand, because then it will become "historical" in terms of fish mgmt.
 
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