DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notification of Revised Program Regulations for the Green Energy Fund
Pursuant to Title 29 Delaware Code, Chapter 80, Section 8055, the Secretary is required to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to establish the administration of the Green Energy Fund.
The proposed modification to the Green Energy Fund Program Regulation will be available on the DNREC Website at www.dnrec.state.de.us under “Delaware Energy Office” and will also be available at the Energy Office web site, www.delaware-energy.com.
Comments will be accepted by the Delaware Energy Office, 146 South Governors Avenue, Dover, DE 19901 via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 302-739-1527 during the comment period of 2/01/2006 to 3/01/2006.
A Public Hearing has been scheduled at the Delaware Energy Office, 146 South Governors Avenue, Dover, DE 19901 for 6:00 p.m. on March 1, 2006.
Division of Fish and Wildlife
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Title of the Regulations:
Tidal Finfish Regulations
Brief Synopsis of the Subject, Substance and Issues:
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board adopted a compliance requirement stipulating that all states in the management regime (Massachusetts through North Carolina) for Black Sea Bass include language in their regulations that clarify the methodology to be used when measuring Black Sea Bass for minimum size determinations. Specifically, each state is required to include language in total length definitions for Black Sea Bass that exclude any caudal filament as part of the measurement. It is proposed to amend tidal finfish regulation No. 3507 (1) and (2) in order to include language regarding the caudal filament.
The Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan (FMP) details the annual process that the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Board, the Mid-Atlantic Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service are to use to establish conservation equivalency for the recreational summer flounder fishery. These agencies agreed that the states would implement conservationally equivalent measures rather than a coastwide management program for summer flounder in 2006. Delaware is obligated to cap the summer flounder recreational harvest at 116,000 fish for 2006. The harvest cap has been adjusted downward 22 percent from the previous year’s level of 150, 000 fish because of slower than projected rebuilding in the stock. Although Delaware and all the coastal states in the management regime must adjust their harvest cap downward, estimates of the Delaware 2005 harvest indicated that landings of summer flounder were 29 percent below the adjusted cap imposed for 2006. As such, it is anticipated that management measurers for summer flounder in 2006 can be liberalized and still restrain the harvest below the cap target. It is proposed that a suite of management options will be developed that take into consideration the relatively low landings projected for 2005 and adjust the options that were presented in the previous years to reflect 29 percent liberalization in the harvest. These options will include potential minimum size limits ranging between 16.5 and 17.5 inches in combination with various creel limits that can range from 2 to 8 fish per day and also incorporate seasonal closures, if necessary, to restrain the harvest within the 2006 cap. These management options will be reviewed by the ASMFC Summer Flounder Technical Committee to determine if the correct data sets and analyses were used to project landings under the various options. Once the technical review is completed, those options that were approved will be presented at a public hearing in order to receive input from the fishing community on the various options.
Notice of Public Comment:
Individuals may present their comments or request additional information by contacting the Fisheries Section, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, (302) 739-9914. A public hearing on these proposed amendments will be held on March 9, 2006 at 7:30 P.M. in the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. The record will remain open for written comments until 4:30 PM, March 10, 2006.