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Monday, June 1, 2015

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)/ Division of Fish & Wildlife will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM regarding proposed amendments to 7 DE Admin Code 3500 Tidal Finfish to include a new 3542 Tilefish. The hearing will be held in the DNREC Auditorium, located at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

The proposed action is in response to a formal request of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) for member states to consider adopting incidental commercial trip limits and recreational bag limits for blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps) similar to current Virginia and Maryland state regulations. Consistent with the MAFMC’s request and input from Delaware’s Advisory Council on Tidal Finfisheries, this action proposes two options for a new tilefish regulation. Both options include a commercial trip limit of 300 pounds and a recreational possession limit of no more than seven fish per person; however, one option limits the new regulation to blueline tilefish and one option applies the regulation more broadly to include both blueline and golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaelonticeps). The proposed amendments may be inspected at the Department’s offices located at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, or are available by calling the Fisheries Section at (302) 739-9914.

The hearing record on the proposed addition of a new 7 DE Admin Code 3542 will be open June 1, 2015. Individuals may submit written comments or request additional information regarding the proposed changes via e-mail to Lisa.Vest@state.de.us or via the USPS

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