Ismael Cortez

Ismael Cortez, of Philadelphia, with a bluefish he caught recently on the Atlantic City jetty.

Fisheries agencies are considering changes to the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan and will hold public hearings this month to hear from recreational and commercial fishing interests.

The amendments are being considered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

They would change commercial and recreational allotments, fishery management plan goals and objectives, commercial allocations among states and the commercial quota transfer process.

Public hearings in New Jersey will be held 6 to 8 p.m. June 27 at the Ocean City Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City; and 6 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Ocean County Administration Building, 101 Hopper Ave., Toms River.

Currently, the allocation is 83 percent for recreational and 17 percent for commercial fisheries, but transfers from the recreational to commercial sector have happened every year since 2001, the agencies said.

For complete details, see the information available at: njfishandwildlife.com/bluefishamendment.htm and at mafmc.org/actions/bluefish-allocation-amendment.

Written comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. July 30, and may be sent online at mafmc.org/comments/bluefish-allocation-amendment or via email to mseeley@mafmc.org.

They may be mailed or faxed to: Chris Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901 or FAX 302-674-5399.

Include "Bluefish Allocation Amendment Scoping Comments" in the subject line if using email or fax, or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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