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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Fisheries commission extends deadline for comments on
N.C. Wildlife Federation petition

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will continue to accept written comments on a petition for rulemaking filed by the N.C. Wildlife Federation until 5 p.m. Jan. 26.

Commission Chairman Sammy Corbett extended the comment period, originally scheduled to end Jan. 20, to accommodate those who were unable to speak last week during a public meeting on the petition in New Bern.

The public may submit written comments on the petition to NCWFPetition@ncdenr.gov or to:

NCWF Petition
Marine Fisheries Commission Office
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
PO Box 769
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

The petition asks the commission to designate all coastal fishing waters (including the ocean out to three miles) not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.

The commission will hold a business meeting on February 15-16 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 N. Water St., Wilmington. A full meeting agenda will be released at a later date.

View a copy of the petition here. View a copy of an amendment to the petition here.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 13, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Amendment to petition for rulemaking modifies proposals to
limit headrope length, trawling days

MOREHEAD CITY mndash; An amendment has been filed to a petition for rulemaking calling for habitat protections that, if adopted, would impact shrimp trawl fishing in most North Carolina waters.

The amendment to the petition, submitted to the Marine Fisheries Commission Jan. 12, makes the following changes:

  • Modifies the original proposal to reduce the maximum headrope length to 90 feet on all shrimp trawls operating in North Carolina coastal waters. The petitioner now requests that the maximum headrope length be reduced from the current 220 feet to 90 feet in all internal coastal fishing waters and to 110 feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Modifies the original proposal to restrict trawling to three days a week in special secondary nursery areas. The petitioner now requests limiting trawling in special secondary nursery areas in internal coastal fishing waters to three days per week, but allowing trawling four days per week in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Recommend that the Marine Fisheries Commission order a mesh selectivity study to determine what mesh size will most effectively limit the harvest of juvenile Atlantic croaker and spot, and once the study is complete, adjust existing rules to reflect this data.
  • Asks the Marine Fisheries Commission to immediately initiate rulemaking, no later than Aug. 31, 2017, for petition measures adopted.

The original petition, submitted Nov. 2, asks the Marine Fisheries Commission to designate all coastal fishing waters (including the ocean out to three miles) not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.

Five advisory committees to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet jointly Tuesday to discuss and take public comment on the petition, submitted by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern.

To accommodate as many speakers as possible, those who wish to give public comment at the meeting will be limited to three minutes per person. Also, the public will not be allowed to bring signs inside the meeting room.

The public also may comment on the petition in writing until 5 p.m. Jan. 20 to NCWFPetition@ncdenr.gov or to:

NCWF Petition
Marine Fisheries Commission Office
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
PO Box 769
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

The five advisory committees – Finfish, Shellfish/Crustacean, Habitat and Water Quality, Northern Regional and Southern Regional – will make recommendations to the commission, which will discuss and vote on the petition at its Feb. 15-16 business meeting.

nr-03-2017


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 10, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY — The Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission, along with their advisors, will meet at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City.

The committee will review and approve proposals for the 2016 Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant cycle, as well as review and approve the 2017-2022 Division of Marine Fisheries Five-Year Plan for Obligated Funds from the Marine Resources Fund.

The meeting agenda is available here.

For more information, contact Wayne Johannessen, grant program coordinator, at 252-808-8004 or Wayne.Johannessen@ncdenr.gov.

nr-02-2017


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled on proposed shellfish leases
in New Hanover County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in New Hanover County at 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office, located at 127 Cardinal Drive Extension in Wilmington.

Thomas Cannon of Wilmington has applied for a 4.396-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Masonboro Sound.

Savannah Batchelder of Wilmington applied for a 2.401-acre shellfish bottom lease in Middle Sound and a 0.847-acre shellfish bottom lease in the lower portion of Pages Creek.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Ronald Vetter, associate provost of research and dean of the graduate school) has applied for a 2.755-acre research demonstration lease in Masonboro Sound.
Maps of the proposed leases are available here.

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the meeting or in writing until 5 p.m. on Jan. 24. Written comments should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

For more information, contact Steve Murphey, Habitat and Enhancement Section chief, at 252-808-8046 or Steve.Murphey@ncdenr.gov.

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