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Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 16, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Fisheries Commission Approves 18 Coastal Recreational
Fishing License Grants

MOREHEAD CITY — Revenues from the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License will pay $1.5 million in the coming year toward projects to help provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved 18 grants, totaling $1,551,613, for the 2015 cycle. The grants are funded from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund, which receives revenues from the sale of the Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses.

The grants are sorted into three focus areas. Grants that fall under the People Focus Area include public education and public water access projects. Grants that fall under the Fish Focus area are fisheries research projects. Grants that fall under the Habitat Focus area include projects that enhance, protect or research fisheries habitat.

Seven grants in the People Focus Area totaled $661,016. Details on the awards are as follows:

  • N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Wrights Creek Boating Access Area – $400,000
    One-year grant to renovate an old boat ramp off Wilkins Road on Wrights Creek in Beaufort County.
  • Take a Kid Fishing Foundation – $25,000
  • Three-year grant to provide disabled and disadvantaged youth an opportunity to go saltwater fishing while teaching them about ethical fishing practices, conservation and the ocean environment.
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Marine Patrol Education Team – $28,650
    One-year grant to provide educational equipment and resources to the Marine Patrol.
  • N.C. Aquariums, Step by Step: Encouraging Ethical Angling – $11,682
  • One-year grant to provide ethical angling programs at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island and Jennette’s Pier.
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Saltwater Fishing Tournament – $21,500
  • Four-year grant to improve this program, which recognizes recreational anglers for exceptional catches of marine finfish.
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Fishing Digest – $36,750
  • Two-year grant to continue the annual publication for the Coastal Recreational Fishing Digest.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Improving the Fish Production of Artificial Reefs by Testing the
  • Most Widely Recognized and Pressing Questions About Reef Design and Function --
    $137,434

    Two-year grant to assess how artificial reefs function to help the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries continue enhancing, restoring, managing, protecting, and developing these reefs.

Six grants in the Fish Focus Area totaled $462,461. Details on the awards are as follows:

  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Full Time Law Enforcement Officer – $204,600
    Two-year grant to fund salary and purchase equipment for a law enforcement officer.
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Improving Water Temperature Data Recording for Monitoring Spotted Seatrout Cold Stun Events – $17,675
    Three-year grant to begin a statewide water temperature logging program.
  • N.C. State University, Marine Fisheries Fellowship Program – $50,822
    Five-year grant that pairs master’s and doctorate degree students or recent graduates with biologists at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
  • N.C. State University, Evaluation of Changes in Available Spawning and Nursery Habitats for River Herring – $42,947
    Two-year grant to track population growth of river herring.
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Temporary Telecommunication Position – $40,499
    Two-year grant to fund temporary telecommunication employee.
  • East Carolina University, Cooperative Winter Tagging Cruise – $105,918
    One-year grant to continue tagging program.

Five grants in the Habitat Focus Area totaled $428,136. Details on the awards are as follows:

  • East Carolina University Submerged Aquatic Vegetation SONAR Mapping Surveys in Low-Salinity Habitats – $51,432
  • One-year grant to use long-shore rapid assessment survey techniques to obtain maps in areas of submerged aquatic vegetation.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Understanding and Predicting Salinity Variability and Hypoxic Exposure in Fish Habitats in the Lower Neuse River Estuary – $98,488
    Two-year grant to quantify and develop predictive models for salinity variability and the frequency and duration of hypoxic conditions.
  • East Carolina University Linking Water Quality, Food Quality, and Larval Fish Condition to Determine Strategic Habitat Area Quality – $81,371
    Four-year grant to determine strategic habitat area contribution to increased fish production.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quantifying Fish Enhancement and Erosion Protection Provided by Marsh Sills: A Living Shoreline Alternative to Bulkheads and Revetments – $89,908
    Two-year grant to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the recreational fish habitat services and erosion protection provided by marsh sills in comparison to revetments, bulkheads, and naturally occurring marshes
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Enhancing the Quality of Fish Habitat and Quantity of Oysters by Refining Reef-Restoration Techniques – $106,937
    Three-year grant to provide important guidelines for intertidal and subtidal reef restoration that will maximize the quality of the fish habitat.

For more information on these grants or the Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant program, contact Beth Govoni, Coastal Recreational Fishing License grants coordinator, at 252-808-8004 or Beth.Govoni@ncdenr.gov.


Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 12, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Majority of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Members to
Attend Captains’ Meeting

MOREHEAD CITY — A majority of Marine Fisheries Commission members plan to attend a meeting of the Cape Fear For-Hire Captains’ Association at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The meeting will be held at Saltwater Marine, 6130 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington. The meeting is open to the public.

Though a majority of members of the commission will be in attendance, the meeting is not being organized or sponsored by the commission. The commission will not convene an official meeting and will not take any action.

The Cape Fear Captains Association recently formed with the purpose of giving guides and charter captains a unified voice and representation in marine fisheries management. The group will discuss proposed for-hire logbook requirements.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact the Cape Fear For-Hire Captains’ Association through either Matt Wirt at 910-540-0570 or mwirt@charter.net or Robert Schoonmaker at 910-264-1807 or Robert@carolinaexlplorer.com. You may also email the association at capefearcaptains@gmail.com.

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