Anglers are encouraged to attend New Jersey’s public hearing to provide input on Draft Amendment 7.

NJ’s public hearing will be held via webinar on:
Monday, March 14, 2022 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Webinar Instructions and Additional Information (ASMFC News Release)

For those who cannot attend the hearing, a recording of the presentation will be posted on ASMFC’s YouTube page in late March.

Comments should be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on April 15, 2022 to:

Emilie Franke
Fishery Management Plan Coordinator
1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N
Arlington, VA  22201
703-842-0741 (FAX)
or to (Subject line: Draft Amendment 7)

Amendment 7 was initiated to update the management program to better align with current fishery needs and priorities. The Board intends for the amendment to build upon Addendum VI to Amendment 6 to end overfishing and initiate rebuilding in response to the overfished status of the stock.

The Draft Amendment proposes options to address the following topics:

  • management triggers
  • recreational release mortality
  • stock rebuilding plan
  • conservation equivalency

Please contact Brendan Harrison, NJ DEP Marine Fisheries Administration, with any questions at or 609-748-2066.