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thefishingfreak
02-05-2016, 09:53 AM
Call or email your state reps and all members of the committee. Keep in mind that while some Natural Resources Committee members support the bills, others have staunchly opposed the bills in the past, in your favor, so please keep emails positive. Simple, concise emails stating your point of view and the fisheryís importance to you personally are best. There are many new committee members this year so contact and attendance is very important. If you donít think SF can shut the fishery down, think again!










Nat Resources Committee Members & contact info: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J21




Email list to cut and paste:




anne.gobi@masenate.gov,

Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov,

Mike.Rush@masenate.gov,

Brian.Mannal@mahouse.gov,

James.Eldridge@masenate.gov,

James.Timilty@masenate.gov,

Thomas.McGee@masenate.gov,

Robert.Hedlund@masenate.gov,

Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov,

Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov,

Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov,

Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov,

james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov,

James.Cantwell@mahouse.gov,

Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov,

Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov,

Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov,







Here is the first bill:

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/S476







And the second bill:

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H667


Below is the cut & paste email I sent out or you can make your own




Please take a moment of your time to look over these current bills being proposed in Massachusetts, by the Maine based conservation group "Stripers Forever" regarding the commercial harvest and sale of wild Atlantic striped bass from the waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Maine based conservation group "Stripers Forever" and it's chairmen have a repeated history of annually bringing these bills forward to the Massachusetts state house, year after year after year. Repeatedly trying to get the commercial fishery of the wild Atlantic stripped bass in Massachusetts waters closed and forever banned.

These two current bills being brought to the Massachusetts State House are done solely to push the afore mentioned conservational agenda of "Stripers Forever"!



The commercial harvest of striped bass in Massachusetts is competently managed by the Massachusetts Division Of Marine Fisheries, along with the federal agency of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.




"Since the 1940's the wild Atlantic Striped Bass has been managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. A federal collaborative of the entire east coast Atlantic states, " dedicated collectively ensure the sound conservation and management of their shared coastal fishery resources and the resulting benefits to the fishing and non-fishing public.

In the early 1940s, recognizing that they could accomplish far more through cooperation rather than individual effort, the Atlantic coast states came together to form the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. An Interstate Compact, ratified by the states and approved by the U.S. Congress in 1942, acknowledged the necessity of the states joining forces to manage their shared migratory fishery resources and affirmed the statesí commitment to cooperative stewardship in promoting and protecting Atlantic coastal fishery resources.

Who We Are:

For over 70 years, the Commission has served as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of 25 nearshore fish species. Each state is represented on the Commission by three Commissioners: the director of the stateís marine fisheries management agency, a state legislator, and an individual appointed by the stateís governor to represent stakeholder interests. These Commissioners participate in deliberations in the Commissionís main policy arenas: interstate fisheries management, fisheries science, habitat conservation, and law enforcement. Through these activities, the states collectively ensure the sound conservation and management of their shared coastal fishery resources and the resulting benefits to the fishing and non-fishing public.

How We Are Funded:

The Commission is funded through a combination of member state dues and state and federal grants. Annual state dues are based on the value of each stateís commercial fishing landings and number of saltwater recreational trips. The majority of the Commissionís federal funding is received through NOAA Fisheries, to implement ACFCMA, and carry out the mandates of the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-659)."













Please take NO ACTION on either one of these bills and leave the management of the Wild Atlantic Striped Bass in the capable hands of the Massachusetts Division Of Marine Fisheries and The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Where is has been and should always be managed. Not from the Massachusetts State House, thru bills introduced from out of state conservational groups trying to push their agendas.




Thank you for your time.

Your name here

town Massachusetts

















----------------------------Copy of bills below -------------------------------------------------------------------------




Bill S.476 189th

An Act relative to the conservation of striped bass



Section 100A of chapter 130 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking the section in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following: -

Section 100A. (a) Commercial harvesting and sale of wild striped bass shall be prohibited in the Commonwealth except as provided for in section 2. The director, with the approval of the marine fisheries advisory commission, shall adopt rules and regulations relative to the taking and possession of wild striped bass by recreational angling. (b) All aquaculture raised striped bass for sale in the commonwealth shall bear the tag of the grower or distributor of the fish. (c) Whoever violates any rules or regulations made pursuant to this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $200 for each fish taken or possessed for the first violation, five hundred dollars for each fish taken or possessed for the second violation and for each subsequent violation shall be fined one thousand dollars for each fish taken or possessed or imprisoned not more than sixty days or both. No part of any fine imposed for the taking or possession of any striped bass in violation of any such regulation shall be remitted. SECTION 2. (a) Commercial harvesting and sale of wild striped bass shall be permitted for individuals owning commercial licenses on December 31, 2012 who can historically demonstrate over the preceding 5 years that they have averaged an annual landing and sale of more than 1000 pounds of striped bass based on records made available to the Massachusetts Division of Marine fisheries. Provided further, however, the Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries may provide hardship relief from this limit if a license holder for the past five years can demonstrate a legitimate hardship causing him or her to land less than an average of 1000 pounds. (b) The Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries shall calculate the commercial catch limit based on the 5 year average annual landings and sale of pounds of striped bass by said commercial fishermen as so defined in Section 2 (a). (c) Should a commercial license holder retire his license, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries shall reduce the total commercial take allowed by the average landings of said individual operating under said license for the previous five years. (d) In no case shall any new commercial licenses be granted or shall licenses be transferred or sold. (e)If a commercial striped bass license holder fails to report no catch or if they report not catching any striped bass for two consecutive years, their striped bass commercial license shall not be renewed. (f) All Commercial Fishermen shall annually be required to report their catch to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries within 90 days after the close of the commercial striped bass season. Failure to comply with this requirement shall cause said individuals license not to be renewed for the next season. Provided further, however, the Director of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries may waive any penalties associated with a late filing of said report if said commercial fisherman can demonstrate a legitimate hardship. (g) Nothing in this act shall preclude the Director of Marine Fisheries or the Marine Fisheries Advisory Board from limiting, curtailing or suspending the recreational or commercial catching and landing of striped bass should the fishery conditions worsen that the fishery is in jeopardy of sustaining itself. (h) Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, the issuing of commercial striped bass licenses shall cease as of January 1, 2025.












Bill H.667

An Act relative to the conservation of striped bass

, SECTION 1. There shall be a special commission to examine the status of wild striped bass in the Commonwealth.



SECTION 2. The commission shall examine and assess the impact that commercial harvesting and recreational fishing have on the population and viability of wild striped bass in the Commonwealth, the economic value of the recreational striped bass fishery in terms of tax revenue and jobs, and state and local tax revenue loss due to the decline of the recreational fishery.



SECTION 3. The commission shall consist of a member of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate; a member of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; a member of the Senate appointed by the Senate Minority Leader; a member of the House of Representatives appointed by the House Minority leader; the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs or his designee who shall serve as Chairman of the commission; the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health or his designee; the Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development or his designee; The Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue or his designee; the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries or his designee; a representative from the commercial fishing industry to be appointed by the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries; a representative from the sports fishing industry to be appointed by the Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries; a marine economist with demonstrated understanding of the valuation of commercial and recreational fisheries to be appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue, and a member of a Striped Bass advocacy group to be appointed by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and the Environment. The members of the commission shall be appointed not later July 3, 2015.



SECTION 4. The commission may shall hold public hearings in Gloucester, New Bedford, Boston and Cape Cod to assist in the collection and evaluation of data and testimony.



SECTION 5. The commission shall prepare a written report detailing its findings and recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry those recommendations into effect. The commission shall submit its report to the governor, the secretary of the commonwealth, the Senate President and Speaker of the House, the Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources, the House and Senate Chairman of the Ways and Means Committees, the Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Revenue, the Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and the Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development not later than December 31 of 2015.

Guppy
02-11-2016, 08:26 PM
Curious, is there anyway to find out the dates when the committee will look at these Mike.... Got lost looking
I get nauseous going thru gov web sites (pages ?)

thefishingfreak
02-12-2016, 07:41 AM
Copy and paste below from The Massachusetts commercial striped bass chairman.

"Donít lose sight of the fact that written into these bills is a death sentence for the fishery, an all out closure by 2025 and new rules/regs that would knock some of you out immediately based on landings. The reason this is going out again is that these bills have yet to be decided. We recently received information from the state house that the Nat Resources Committee was hearing continuously from the proponents of the bills but had heard next to nothing from those that oppose the bills (primarily fishermen and industry constituents). The bills could be voted on at any time and will likely be decided in the next six weeks or any time until then. We highly recommend that you weigh in at this time even if you have already commented in the fall.
If your legislators donít hear from you, they will assume you do not care and may choose to advance the bills.
Striperís Forever strategy is to wear you down and eventually push these bills through. Itís your call."

thefishingfreak
02-12-2016, 07:47 AM
You will loose your permit immediately if you did not sell over 1,000 pounds per year, every year, for the last 5 years!



"Commercial harvesting and sale of wild striped bass shall be permitted for individuals owning commercial licenses on December 31, 2012 who can historically demonstrate over the preceding 5 years that they have averaged an annual landing and sale of more than 1000 pounds of striped bass based on records made available to the Massachusetts Division of Marine fisheries"

thefishingfreak
02-12-2016, 07:49 AM
email to copy and paste along with where to send it.



anne.gobi@masenate.gov,

Paul.Schmid@mahouse.gov,

Mike.Rush@masenate.gov,

Brian.Mannal@mahouse.gov,

James.Eldridge@masenate.gov,

James.Timilty@masenate.gov,

Thomas.McGee@masenate.gov,

Robert.Hedlund@masenate.gov,

Robert.Koczera@mahouse.gov,

Carolyn.Dykema@mahouse.gov,

Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov,

Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov,

james.kelcourse@mahouse.gov,

James.Cantwell@mahouse.gov,

Josh.Cutler@mahouse.gov,

Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov,

Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov,



Subject: Bills # S.476 & Bill # H.667


Please take a moment of your time to look over these current bills being proposed in Massachusetts, by the Maine based conservation group "Stripers Forever" regarding the commercial harvest and sale of wild Atlantic striped bass from the waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Maine based conservation group "Stripers Forever" and it's chairmen have a repeated history of annually bringing these bills forward to the Massachusetts state house, year after year after year. Repeatedly trying to get the commercial fishery of the wild Atlantic stripped bass in Massachusetts waters closed and forever banned.

These two current bills being brought to the Massachusetts State House are done solely to push the afore mentioned conservational agenda of "Stripers Forever"!



The commercial harvest of striped bass in Massachusetts is competently managed by the Massachusetts Division Of Marine Fisheries, along with the federal agency of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.




"Since the 1940's the wild Atlantic Striped Bass has been managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. A federal collaborative of the entire east coast Atlantic states, " dedicated collectively ensure the sound conservation and management of their shared coastal fishery resources and the resulting benefits to the fishing and non-fishing public.

In the early 1940s, recognizing that they could accomplish far more through cooperation rather than individual effort, the Atlantic coast states came together to form the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. An Interstate Compact, ratified by the states and approved by the U.S. Congress in 1942, acknowledged the necessity of the states joining forces to manage their shared migratory fishery resources and affirmed the states’ commitment to cooperative stewardship in promoting and protecting Atlantic coastal fishery resources.

Who We Are:

For over 70 years, the Commission has served as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation and management of 25 near shore fish species. Each state is represented on the Commission by three Commissioners: the director of the state’s marine fisheries management agency, a state legislator, and an individual appointed by the state’s governor to represent stakeholder interests. These Commissioners participate in deliberations in the Commission’s main policy arenas: interstate fisheries management, fisheries science, habitat conservation, and law enforcement. Through these activities, the states collectively ensure the sound conservation and management of their shared coastal fishery resources and the resulting benefits to the fishing and non-fishing public.

How We Are Funded:

The Commission is funded through a combination of member state dues and state and federal grants. Annual state dues are based on the value of each state’s commercial fishing landings and number of saltwater recreational trips. The majority of the Commission’s federal funding is received through NOAA Fisheries, to implement ACFCMA, and carry out the mandates of the Interjurisdictional Fisheries Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-659)."





Please take NO ACTION on either one of these bills and leave the management of the Wild Atlantic Striped Bass in the capable hands of the Massachusetts Division Of Marine Fisheries and The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Where is has been and should always be managed. Not from the Massachusetts State House, thru bills introduced from out of state conservational groups trying to push their agendas.




Thank you for your time.

Your name here

your town Massachusetts