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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 16, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
meeting canceled due to inclement weather forecast

MOREHEAD CITY — Due to the inclement weather forecast, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has cancelled the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee meeting that was scheduled for Jan. 17 in Washington.

The division will reschedule the meeting and announce it at a later date.

The committee wass meeting to continue assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries with development of Amendment 3 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan.

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: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 12, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission accepting public comment
on proposed changes to commercial fishing license

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is accepting public comment on five recommended changes to the commercial fishing license structure it plans to further discuss at its February meeting.

“Nothing here is etched in stone,” said commission Chairman Sammy Corbett.

A committee made up of three commission members voted yesterday to recommend the full commission begin deliberations with the following proposed requirements for holding a Standard Commercial Fishing License:

1. Must have 50 percent of earned income from the Trip Ticket Program as in the Fisheries Reform Act of 1997. There is already a statutory precedent for a commercial fisherman in the Fisheries Reform Act.
2. A fisherman must have 36 trip tickets per year.
3. To address crew issues for those who do not have trip tickets, but are bona fide commercial fishermen as crew or any commercial fishing interest in North Carolina or outside the state, proof of income of $10,000 or more per year. The proof of income should come from a commercial fishing operation, business, etc. doing business in North Carolina.

(The commission can decide if items 1, 2 and 3 are stand alone or a combination thereof.)

4. Inactive Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses that do not have any of the above with a three-year running average, would go back into a special pool and these licenses may be reissued to the original holder subject to commitment to 1, 2 and/or 3 above without going through the Eligibility Pool.
5. Create a Heritage Standard Commercial Fishing License that families may want to maintain that are inactive. The license may be maintained for $100 per year and may be reissued one time to a family member without going through the Eligibility Pool or any of the 1, 2 and 3 requirements listed above. If the reissuance of the license is not wanted, a one-time fee of $100 will retire that license number.

The proposals would require legislative approval.

Members of the public wishing to comment on the proposals may do so during the regular comment period at the Feb. 14-15 commission meeting at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach. The public comment period will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 14.

The public may also comment in writing after 8 p.m. today to CommercialLicensesComments@ncdenr.gov or to:

Commercial Licenses Comments
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Marine Fisheries Commission Office
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

Written comments must be received by Feb. 9.

nr-10-2018


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 11, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Recreational black sea bass season north
of Cape Hatteras opens Feb. 1

MOREHEAD CITY — The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open Feb. 1 in federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.

The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches total length (tip of the snout to the tip of the tail), and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day. The season will close Feb. 28.

The recreational black sea bass regulations north of Cape Hatteras comply with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Plan.

The council and commission allowed states to open the recreational fishery in February 2018 if the season length is adjusted later in the year to account for the February harvest and if the state conducts biological monitoring of the harvest. The open season dates, size limit and bag limit for the rest of the year will be set in the spring.

The recreational black sea bass fishery south of Cape Hatteras is managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. South of Cape Hatteras, the minimum size limit is 13 inches total length and the bag limit is seven fish per person per day. The recreational black sea bass season begins April 1 each year and closes when the quota is met. The 2017-2018 season is open.

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