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ASMFC Releases Cancer Crab PID for Public Comment

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The ASMFC)American Lobster Management Board is seeking public comment as it seeks to develop a Draft Fishery Management Plan for Cancer Crab.

Arlington, VA - August 26, 2014 - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's American Lobster Management Board is seeking public comment on the Public Information Document (PID) for the Draft Fishery Management Plan for Cancer Crab. As the first step in the development of a FMP, the PID seeks public input on information concerning Cancer crab fisheries, including the identification of major issues and options relative to the management of these species. It is anticipated some states will be conducting public hearings on the PID; a subsequent press release will announce the details of those hearings once they become finalized. New York State will not be conducting public hearings on the ASMFC Cancer Crab PID.

The PID was initiated in response to concern about increasing targeted fishing pressure for Jonah crab and rock crab (collectively referred to as Cancer crab). Both species have long been considered a bycatch in the lobster fishery, however, growing market demand has doubled landings in the past seven years. Landings of both species in 2012 was over 12 million pounds and estimated to be worth over $9 million. Given the absence of state and federal management programs and stock assessments for Cancer crab, there is concern the current harvest may compromise the sustainability of the resource.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the PID either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The PID is available here and can also be accessed on the Commission website,, under Public Input. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on October 3, 2014 and should be forwarded to Kate Taylor, Senior FMP Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A‐N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX); or at, subject line = Cancer Crab PID. For more information, please contact Kate Taylor, at or 703.842.0740.

New York will not be conducting public hearings on the ASMFC Cancer Crab PID. Please send your comments directly to Kate Taylor at ASMFC at the above address.

Please remember to report ALL your crab harvest on State or Federal VTRs.

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