The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has recently adopted Amendment 2 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. This plan establishes a menhaden quota for Maryland that is equal to 1.37% of the total coast-wide quota (5.12 million pounds for 2013, based on Maryland's average harvest between 2009 and 2011). Maryland has submitted its implementation plan to ASMFC. This plan describes how Maryland is proposing to manage the 2013 fishery and can be viewed here. This plan will be reviewed by the Menhaden Management Board at the May meeting of ASMFC in Alexandria, Virginia.
Here are the implementation requirements from ASMFC. We will continue to post updates on this website as things progress.
Attention Commercial Pound Net Fishermen: If you have a registered pound net site as of February 18, 2013, you are qualified to activate a Menhaden Bycatch Landing Permit. These permits may be used after the Department has closed the non-regulated Menhaden fishery and will allow you to catch up to 6,000 lbs of Menhaden per vessel per day. Beginning April 1, 2014, all pound netters will be required to report Menhaden each day they are harvested using electronic reporting options available on this website or via text messaging.
Commercial fishermen using gears other than pound nets do not need a bycatch permit and are allowed a bycatch of 1,500 pounds per vessel per day after the unregulated fishery closes, and are not required to report Menhaden harvest daily.