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Public Meeting on Croaker January 6

December 10, 2004

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting regarding proposed modifications to the ASMFC’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Croaker.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, at the Atlantic County Library, East Jimmie Leeds Road (Rt. 561) in Absecon, Galloway Township. Similar meetings are scheduled for Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.

The amendments incorporate information from the latest stock assessment and peer review, as well as revisions to make the plan compatible with mandates of the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act. The discussion will focus on plan objectives, commercial/recreational management measures and regional management approaches.

A copy of the proposals can be obtained via the ASMFC’s web site at under Breaking News or by calling 202-289-6400. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on February 2 and should be forwarded to Nancy Wallace, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (fax); or

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