Council and NOAA Fisheries to Hold Listening Session on Recreational Fishing Policy

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
Radisson Hotel of Freehold
50 Gibson Place, Freehold, NJ  07728; tel: 732-780-3400.


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries will host a public listening session on June 11th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Freehold, New Jersey (in conjunction with the June Council meeting). NOAA Fisheries is seeking input from anglers and other interested stakeholders on what should be included in a recreational saltwater fishing policy. The listening session will begin with a brief presentation from NOAA Fisheries, followed by an opportunity for stakeholders to share their opinions and ideas for the policy.

The listening session will be broadcast live via webinar. To join, click here and select "enter as guest." Webinar participants may submit questions and comments during the listening session by through the webinar's chat function.

About the National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

NOAA Fisheries is developing a recreational saltwater fisheries policy as part of its Recreational Fishing Initiative, which was launched in 2009 with the objective of strengthening the Agency's partnership with the recreational fishing community. The policy will outline a set of principles that guide recreational management decisions and will serve as the underpinning to Agency's the recreational fishing action agenda.

Beginning in June, NOAA Fisheries will hold a series of town hall meetings in conjunction with Council meetings to gather stakeholders' input and ideas for the policy. Additional information about the policy and how to provide comments is available at

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For questions about the recreational fisheries policy:

  • Russ Dunn, NOAA Fisheries, National Policy Advisor - (727) 551-5740,
  • Danielle Rioux, NOAA Fisheries, Policy Specialist - (301) 427-8516,

For questions about the Council meeting, or for assistance with connecting to the webinar:

  • Mary Clark, MAFMC, Communications Program Coordinator – (302) 526-5261,