Key Initiatives

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Role in Regulating the Chesapeake Bay

  • Any change in fishing quotas proposed by the ASMFC can only occur after adequate public hearings are held in the states whose quotas will be reduced. 
  • Every state ASMFC Compact will have at least one seafood industry representative as a voting member of the commission. 
  • An independent/peer-reviewed socio-economic study must be done to determine the actual authority and impact of fishery rules enacted by the ASMFC.

Water Quality/Pollution Abatement

  • All major water quality reports on the Chesapeake Bay will be reviewed by DFA’s Water Quality Committee to determine the actual condition of the Chesapeake Bay.  
  • Discover where sources of pollution originate and cooperate with all parties to find a way to reduce pollution.  
  • Provide education on the fishing industry as true stewards of renewable and sustainable marine resources.

Government Management of Living Marine Resources

  • Enact a moratorium on the issuance of any new fishing regulation until significant efforts are made to bring all stakeholders to the table.  
  • Create an industry/state/federal committee to address all fishing issues currently creating suspicions of all government regulations and the process used for enactment.
  • Use the fishing industry knowledge on critical habitats and proper oyster replenishment of the Bay.  
  • Government must devote time and effort to solving the oyster and crab issues as the first order of business.
 
 

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