The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board recently approved Addendum I to Amendment I to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Croaker.
Atlantic croaker is now considered to be a single stock on the Atlantic coast, therefore management will encompass one region (New Jersey through the east coast of Florida)
The Addendum also modifies the biological reference points used to assess stock condition.
Changes to the regulations follow the 2010 benchmark assessment, which indicates that Atlantic croaker is not experiencing overfishing.
Copies of Addendum I will be available on the Commission's website at www.asmfc.org
For more information, please contact Danielle Brzezinski, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.842.0740.