DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Division of Fish and Wildlife
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD
3507 Black Sea Bass Size Limit; Trip Limits, Seasons; Quotas, and
3758 Possession of V-notched Lobsters Prohibited
Title of the Regulations:
Tidal Finfish Regulation and Shellfish Regulation
Brief Synopsis of the Subject, Substnace and Issues:
The commercial black sea bass fishery in Delaware is managed by an individual quota system (ITQ) that is distributed to those fishermen meeting specific qualifying criteria for participation in either the fish pot or commercial hook and line fisheries. The current regulations do not allow the transfer of quota between individuals. However, declining quotas due to slower than anticipated stock recovery rates and a lack of participation by some individuals that are assigned quotas has created a situation were it would be advantageous to the fishermen to transfer quota in order to fully utilize Delaware’s annual commercial black sea bass quota. This amendment to the regulation would permit eligible participants in the commercial sea bass fishery to make a one-time per season transfer of their quota, either in part or in total, to another eligible participant in either the commercial sea bass pot fishery or the commercial sea bass hook and line fishery respectively on forms to be supplied by the Department.
The purpose of the proposed lobster regulatory change is to bring Delaware in to compliance with Addendum XI to Amendment 3 of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission lobster management plan for federal waters off Delaware in what is known as Lobster Conservation Management Area 5. Delaware is required to re-define marking requirements for female lobsters. The mark used, called a V-notch, is presently defined in Delaware regulations as a straight-sided triangular cut without setal hairs at least ¼ inch in depth in the right of center tail flipper. The proposed change will re-define a V-notch as being at least 1/8 inch deep with or without setal hairs.
Notice of Public Comment:
Individuals may address questions to the Fisheries Section, Division of Fish and Wildlife, (302) 739 3441. A public hearing on these proposed regulations will be held in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Auditorium, at 89 Kings Highway, Dover. DE at 7:00 PM on April 24, 2008. Individuals may present their opinion and evidence either at the hearing or in writing to Lisa Vest, Hearing Officer, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 or via e-mail to Lisa.Vest@state.de.us. The hearing record will remain open for written or e-mail comments until 4:30 PM April 30, 2008.
Richard Cole, 302-739-4782, February 19, 2008