Jan 30

Maryland Annual Black Bass Roundtable this February 4

Not so nicely formatted agenda below:  Items of interest to us as bass fishermen who use these waters are in bold

Black Bass Roundtable (2016)

Tentative Agenda

Tawes Office Building – Conference room, C-1

580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

9:00 am Opening Remarks, sign-in sheet

9:10 am Announcements

I. Status of National Harbor Reef Ball project (Joe Love)

a. timetable provided to roundtable

II. Status of black bass stamp (Roger Trageser)

III. Status of licensed charter boat guide website (Gina Hunt/Joe Love)

IV. Status of catch-and-return area regulation proposal (Joe Love)

V. Status of Rogues Harbor project (Tony Prochaska)

a. decision letter from DNR internal review provided to roundtable

VI. Status of 2016 changes to tournament permitting system, enforcement (Branson Williams)

VII. Status of 6 mph zone on lower Gunpowder (Joe Love)

a. Petition for 6 mph zone at the spoils

VIII. Status of bass fisheries, grasses in Potomac and Upper Bay (Joe Love)

a. annual review to roundtable

b. fishery management plan update (on-line)

c. stocking strategy to improve recruitment (Joe Love/Brian Richardson)

10:10 am Discussion

I. Middle River fish kill (Scott Sewell)

a. Responses by agencies and organizations, surveys and reporting

b. MD DNR stocking proposal for Middle River and other areas

c. Action requested: approval of stocking proposal

II. Possum Point pollution issues, other pollution problems in bass fishery areas

(Steve Chaconas/Keith Barker/Nick Kuttner)

a. MD DNR letter provided to roundtable

b. Data on sanitary sewer overflows in Broad Creek (Matt Lawrence)

b. Strategy by the Department’s Tidal Bass Program regarding these issues

c. Action requested: approval of strategy

III. Redistribution of bass following tournaments

a. Minutes of 2015 meeting provided to roundtable

b. Outcome and draft policy

c. Action requested: provide comments on policy to Joe Love

11:30 pm Additional Discussion

12:00 pm Adjourn