ASMFC Launches New Web Site at www.asmfc.org

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association February 2004 Newsletter)

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announces the launch of its new website at www.asmfc.org. Come visit our new species, fisheries research and habitat pages; participate in discussion forums on fisheries management, law enforcement and protected species; provide your input on proposed management measures; or just learn more about the Commission.

“We are excited about our new site, designed to be user friendly, informative and accessible to all our stakeholders,” states John V.  O’Shea, ASMFC Executive Director. “The new website reflects a commitment by the Commission in our new Strategic Plan to empower stakeholders to become active participants in the Commission’s programs. It provides the public greater access to our management process and activities. It also provides tools to measure the Commission’s progress in meeting our stewardship responsibilities. The new discussion forums offer additional opportunities to learn more about the Commission, while exchanging views in an open and constructive way.”

New website features include:

·  Species-specific pages, with links to fishery management plans and addenda, stock assessment reports, and meeting summaries and proceedings;

·  Expanded pages on the Commission’s science, research and statistics activities, including multispecies assessments, socioeconomics, power plants, aquaculture and fisheries independent data collection and management;

·  Revised habitat pages with links to species-specific habitat fact sheets and fishery management plan information;

·  Contact information and committee lists for all relevant boards, committees and advisory panels; and Discussion forums providing an informal way for stakeholders and constituents to dialogue with Commission staff, ASMFC Commissioners and other interested parties on issues related to Atlantic coastal fisheries conservation and management.

To access the web site go to www.asmfc.org. If the site is already bookmarked on your computer, press control/R or F5 to load the new version.