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The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will hold a public hearing via webinar on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. on Draft Addendum VI to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish.

The draft addendum: (1) proposes allowing commercial quota to be transferred between all regions and states to enable full utilization of the coastwide quota and avoid quota payback from unintended overages; and (2) includes a “scoping question” to gauge whether fishermen are interested in having the federal commercial trip limit eliminated and replaced with ASMFC’s state and regional trip limits. ASMFC does not have authority to change the federal trip limit. However, if stakeholders express interest in this proposal, ASMFC will consider making a recommendation to the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils to pursue the change.

  • A copy of the draft addendum can be downloaded here.
  • A copy of ASMFC’s announcement with webinar information and details about a September 3 hearing in New Hampshire and a September 16 hearing in Rhode Island is available at Spiny Dogfish Draft Addendum VI.
  • The deadline for submitting public comments to ASMFC is September 23, 2019. Email comments to and write “Spiny Dogfish Draft Addendum VI in the subject line.