The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) recently approved its Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Black Drum.
The plan requires all states to maintain current regulations for black drum and implement a maximum possession limit and minimum size limit (of no less than 12 inches) by January 1, 2014.
States will be required to further increase the minimum size limit (to no less than 14 inches) by January 1, 2016.
The FMP also establishes a management framework to address future concerns or changes in the fishery or population. The first coastwide benchmark stock assessment for black drum is expected to be released in 2014.
The Black Drum FMP is available on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission website (www.asmfc.org) under Breaking News or can be obtained by contacting the Commission at 703.842.0740.
source: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission