At Key Vote, Pallone Reiterates Need for NJ Fishermen to Receive Fair Treatment

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Tuesday, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) reiterated the need for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to support fair and less restrictive policies regarding two important fisheries in New Jersey: summer flounder and sea bass.  At a vote on the Commission’s Draft Addendum XXVII to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan in Alexandria, Virginia today, Pallone urged the Commission to ensure New Jersey fishermen are treated fairly.

Last week, Pallone sent a letter to Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for the ASMFC, regarding the Commission’s draft.  Today, a member of Congressman Pallone’s staff read his letter at the meeting where the Commission was set to vote on the proposal.

“My district has thousands of private anglers and attracts individual anglers from all over the nation. These anglers support local small businesses and drive the coastal economy of my home state,” Pallone wrote in the letter.  “It is critical for New Jersey to receive fair treatment in the development of restrictions placed on key recreational species.”

Regarding summer flounder, Pallone originally requested that the Commission enable New Jersey to become its own region and allow anglers to have a more equitable size limit within the Delaware Bay area.  With respect to sea bass, he expressed his support for a less restrictive quota than the proposed 23% reduction included in the draft addendum for recreational harvest.  He also once again called for more reliable data collection to ensure that recreational anglers in New Jersey and along the Atlantic Coast have fair quotas based on sound science.