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News Release Archives — Jan. 2016


Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 28, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

N.C. Marine Patrol rescues duck hunter from Roanoke Sound

MOREHEAD CITY — N.C. Marine Patrol officers rescued a duck hunter who was in the water in Roanoke Sound Wednesday afternoon.

Marine Patrol Officer Justin Lott was towing a boat across the Washington Baum Bridge around 3:30 p.m., leaving a meeting at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Manteo Office, when he looked over the water and saw a small skiff adrift with no one on board. About 150 yards away from the boat, a man was standing in waist-deep water.

“He looked like he was trying to walk to the boat, but the boat kept moving away from him, then he started waving his hands at the bridge,” Lott said. “I could tell he was in trouble, so I got on the radio and started heading that way.”

Lott immediately reported the situation and headed to a nearby Wildlife boating access area where he was met by Officers Chris Lee and Amos Williams, who were also heading home from the meeting.

“We jumped in the boat, (Lott) backed us down and as soon as the boat hit the water we took off,” Lee said.

When they reached the man, waves from 20-mph north winds were coming over his waders.

Wyatt Dewy Tillett, 18, of Manteo, told Lee that he was in a duck blind when his boat broke anchor. He jumped out of the blind to go after it into deeper water.

Lee and Williams rescued Tillett from the water, retrieved his boat, and went back to the boating access area, where Dare County Emergency Management Services and the Manteo Police Department were waiting.

By this time, Marine Patrol Sgt. Odell Williams and Officer Alex Frye had arrived to help. Lott and Frye went back out in the boat to get Tillett’s friends, Rawls Willie McAdoo, 20, of Wanchese, and Carson Montgomery Creef, 19, of Kill Devil Hills, who were waiting in a nearby duck blind for their buddy to return.

McAdoo and Creef were OK; they just needed a ride back to the boat ramp.

Tillett was cold and tired, but was not taken to the hospital, Lott said.

It could have been much worse if Marine Patrol officers had not been there.

 “I don’t know what the water temperature was, but it was pretty chilly,” Lott said. Tillett could have gone into hypothermia, he said.

Lott and Lee can be reached for comment through the Manteo Marine Patrol office at 252-473-1233.

nr-06-2016


Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 27, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State certifies new state record white marlin

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record for white marlin.

Neil Manning of Ashburn, Va. reeled in the 138-pound fish Nov. 16 while fishing off Hatteras.

The fish measured 85 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the fork in the tail. The girth of the fish measured 37 inches.

The former state record for white marlin was 118 pounds, 8 ounces. The fish was caught off the coast of Oregon Inlet in 1976. The world record for white marlin is 181 pounds, 14 ounces. That fish was caught off the coast of Brazil.

Manning caught his fish using live menhaden on a 30-pound test line with a Cape Fear Rod and Shimano TLD-25 reel.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 25, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Fisheries approves 15 Coastal Recreational Fishing License grants

MOREHEAD CITY — Revenues from the N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License will pay $1.7 million in the coming year for projects that provide coastal fishing access and fisheries and habitat research.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission approved 15 grants totaling $1,794,208 for the 2016-17 cycle. The grants are funded from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund, which receives revenues from the sale of 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.

Six grants, totaling $983,505, were approved in the People focus area. They are:

  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to update and reprint North Carolina Angler's Guide - $77,750
    Two-year grant to fund the fourth update and printing of the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Angler’s Guide
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries for Marine Patrol Education Team continuation - $11,800
    One-year grant to continue to provide educational equipment and resources to the N.C. Marine Patrol
  • Town of Oak Island for a regional fishing pier and kayak launch - $69,955
    One-year grant for the installation of a fishing pier with an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant kayak launch at a Town of Oak Island park
  • Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association for sunken vessel artificial reefs in Northern Onslow Bay - $185,000
    One-year grant to fund the acquisition of retired marine vessels to establish sunken vessel artificial reefs in Northern Onslow Bay
  • N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s West Onslow Bay’s boating access area reconstruction - $300,000
    One-year grant for site improvements to the boating and fishing access at the West Onslow Bay Boat Access Area
  • Long Bay Artificial Reef Association for enhancement of artificial reef (AR-430) - $339,000
    One-year grant to fund enhancements of the nearshore artificial reef site AR-430 off Brunswick County

Five grants, totaling $277,967, were approved in the Fish Focus area. They are:

  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries for validating and updating maturation schedules for better management of North Carolina fisheries - $46,392
    Three-year grant to fund a project that will use a combined maturity staging approach to validate and update maturity schedules for commercially and recreationally important North Carolina finfish fisheries
     
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries for N.C. Marine Patrol technology - $96,476
    Two-year grant to provide funding for equipment that will allow officers to respond to request from the public for information pertaining to fisheries rules and regulations, perform license verifications, allow the officers to provide printed documents on site, and complete reporting assignments in the field
     
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington for a comprehensive evaluation of the North Carolina red drum juvenile abundance index - $60,282
    Three-year grant to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the North Carolina red drum juvenile abundance index, assessing spatial and temporal persistence and the potential for a partial replacement survey design
     
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington for a partnership for sustained fisheries management: development of a research fellowship program - $57,488
    Three-year grant to establish a partnership between the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington whereby master’s level graduate students and undergraduate students would address specific research needs identified by division topic experts
     
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries for an economic and social survey of Coastal Recreational Fishing License holders in North Carolina - $17,329
    One-year grant to conduct a representative survey that collects economic and social information from individuals who were licensed to fish in coastal areas of North Carolina in 2015 that will provide valuable data that is representative of specific research needs related to the division’s current and future fisheries management plans

The Habitat Focus area has four grants totaling $532,736, including:

  • East Carolina University for submerged aquatic vegetation SONAR mapping surveys in low-salinity habitats: Neuse River - $77,103
    One-year grant to expand the current program that uses long-shore rapid assessment survey techniques to obtain maps in areas of submerged aquatic vegetation
     
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries for development of inshore fishing oyster reefs and the development and protection of oyster sanctuaries - $101,200
    Two-year grant to provide funding for a project to increase the productivity of Deep Bay, West Bay, and Middle Bay sanctuaries by enhancing structures at these sites
     
  • N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Funding for maintenance of the vessel West Bay to continue development of artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries - $250,000
    One-year grant to fund maintenance of the West Bay, the primary vessel needed to continue the programmatic goals of the artificial reef and oyster sanctuary program
     
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for investigating rates of sedimentation in tidal creeks and resulting impacts on fishery production in primary and secondary nurseries - $104,433
    Three-year grant to fund a study to combine coring, surveying, and experimental approaches to develop a more thorough understanding of how sedimentation is affecting recreationally important fisheries via the tidal creek and estuarine nurseries they rely on

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

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