WWII played a significant role in the proceedings of the Commission's 1st Annual Meeting in 1942. The U.S. government believed that "food would win the war" and any limits or restrictions that would inhibit short-term food production were inconsistent with this outlook. President Roosevelt established a temporary Office of the Coordinator of Fisheries to ensure the greatest possible fish production, and each fisheries organization, including ASMFC, was directed to appoint a liason to that office. This spurred the Commission into instant action to coordinate, gather scientific knowledge, and conduct experiments all in the name of winning the war. Discussions at the Annual Meeting included setting aside the year's pack of salmon, sardines, Atlantic herring and mackerel for the government, and the development of a menhaden cannery especially for wartime consumption.
ASMFC Schedules Tentative Meetings of the Atlantic Striped Bass Board, ISFMP Policy Board & Full Commission for July 5 from 1-3 PM: Meetings to Review Compliance with Atlantic Striped Bass Emergency Action
ASMFC Atlantic Striped Bass Board Acts to Support Stock Rebuilding through Emergency Action and Addendum II Initiation: Addendum I Approved to Allow Ocean Commercial Quota Transfers Contingent on Stock Status