NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office is hosting three workshops to provide an opportunity for stakeholder input on developing potential short- and long-term management approaches for the recreational fishing community. Workshops will be scheduled for October/November 2019.
Please note: The 2019 Recreational Fishing Workshops had been originally scheduled for January, but were cancelled due to the partial federal government shutdown in January. We plan to reschedule the workshops in the fall of 2019, likely in October and/or November.
Through a collaborative process, we will develop potential management approaches for the recreational groundfish fishery that balance the need to prevent overfishing with enabling profitability in the for-hire fleet and worthwhile fishing opportunities for anglers.
Information on registration and the agenda will be available here later in the summer. Registration will be free, but please be sure to register early once registration opens because space will be limited.
These workshops will provide an opportunity to brainstorm short- and long-term approaches for possible future recreational fisheries management strategies. The findings of these workshops would be summarized and shared with the New England Fishery Management Council, including its Groundfish Committee and Recreational Advisory Panel. Any recommendations would be considered within the current Council process for developing recreational management measures with input from all groundfish stakeholders and the public.