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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 17, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan
Advisory Committee meeting rescheduled

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has rescheduled a Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee meeting that was postponed due to inclement weather. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington regional office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

The committee is meeting to continue assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries with development of Amendment 3 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan. Agenda items include a general overview of the division stock assessment process. There will also be a presentation reviewing data sources considered for the blue crab stock assessment.

A full meeting agenda can be found here.

For more information, contact Jason Rock at Jason.Rock@ncdenr.gov or 252-948-3874 or Corrin Flora at Corrin.Flora@ncdenr.gov or 252-264-3911.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Christina Wiegand
Date: Jan. 18, 2017
Phone: 843-571-4366

Reminder: Public Hearings for Atlantic
Cobia Management Begin Next Week

Log in via webinar or attend a listening station in your area

Public hearings begin next Monday for a proposed revision to the current management system for Atlantic cobia, ranging from Georgia to New York in federal waters. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is considering the change to allow increased flexibility in management and to allow fair and equitable access to Atlantic cobia throughout the stock's range.

Fishermen and others interested in the management of Atlantic cobia are encouraged to provide recommendations. The public hearings will be held via webinar with public listening stations. Written comments are also being accepted online. Registration for the webinars is required.

Learn More: View a video presentation on what is being considered, register for webinars, submit written comments, and access additional materials by visiting the Council's website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearings-scoping-meetings/

Public Hearings for Atlantic Cobia Management

(Amendment 31 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan)

Public hearings will be conducted via webinar with listening stations as noted below. Attendance at the listening stations is encouraged but not required.
 
Council staff will present an overview of the amendment via webinar and available to answer questions. Area Council members or state agency representatives will be present at each of the listening stations. Members of the public will have an opportunity to go on record via webinar or at the listening stations to record their comments for consideration by the Council.

January 22, 2018 Webinar - begins at 6:00  p.m.

Listening Stations:
1. Port Royal Sound Maritime Center: 310 Okatie Hwy, Okatie, SC 29909
2. North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries' Central District Office: 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, NC 28557
3. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Division: One Conservation
 Way, Brunswick, GA 31523

January 23, 2018 Webinar - begins at 6:00  p.m.
Listening Station:
Hatteras Community Center; 57689 NC-12, Hatteras, NC 27943

January 24, 2018 Webinar - begins at 6:00  p.m.
Listening Station:
1. Haddrell's Point Tackle: 885 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
2. Virginia Marine Resources Commission (The Maritime Building); 2600 Washington Ave., 4th Floor, Newport News, VA 23607

The Council is also asking for public input on the timing of measures proposed in Amendment 31. A Stock Identification Workshop for Cobia is scheduled to begin in April 2018 as part of a benchmark stock assessment Atlantic cobia. For additional information, contact Christina Wiegand, Fishery Social Scientist at Christina.Wiegand@safmc.net or contact the Council office at 843-571-4366.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 16, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in
Pender County cancelled due to weather forecast

MOREHEAD CITY — Due to the inclement weather forecast, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has cancelled a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Pender County that was scheduled for Jan. 17 in Surf City.
The division will reschedule the hearing and announce it at a later date.
Falling Tide Farms, LLC (Keith Walls, agent) of Wilmington has applied to lease 0.69 acres of shellfish bottom in Green Channel.

The hearing was for several proposed shellfish leases in Green Channel.

For more information, contact Michael Graven, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8061 or Michael.Graven@ncdenr.gov.

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