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News Release Archives: January 2020
8-point rule

 

Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 29, 2020
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.

For specific regulations, see Proclamation FF-2-2020.

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 allow states to open the recreational fishery in February 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 2019-2020 season is open.


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 29, 2020
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Marine Fisheries Standard
Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board to meet

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board will meet by teleconference at 10:30 a.m. March 26.

The public may listen to the meeting at two locations: the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City; and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office, 127 N. Cardinal Drive, Wilmington.

The board will consider applications that have been deemed complete and were submitted by March 4.

The board meets two to three times a year to consider license applications. For directions on applying for a commercial fishing license, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/commercial-fishing-license-information and click on the Eligibility Pool Application link.

For more information, contact division License Eligibility Clerk Ann Bordeaux-Nixon at 910-796-7261 or Ann.Bordeaux-Nixon@ncdenr.gov.

WHO:

Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board

WHAT:

Teleconference Meeting to Consider License Applications

WHEN:

March 26 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Listen to teleconference at:

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters
3441 Arendell St., Morehead City

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office
127 N. Cardinal Drive, Wilmington

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 28, 2020
Phone: 252-726-7021

Division of Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Program
sinks tugboat off Dare County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program, in partnership with the Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef Committee, sank the first of three tugboats off the coast of Pea Island on Monday.

The towing vessel American is the first addition to AR-165, a new reef site, about 7 miles south of the Oregon Inlet sea buoy off Dare County. This tug is part a project to place three vessels and 7,000 tons of concrete pipe on the reef that was organized by the Oregon Inlet Artificial Reef Committee. Funded by a Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant and a large donation by TW’s Bait and Tackle of Nags Head, the project will be ongoing through early spring.

The American is an 88-foot tugboat built in 1951 by the Chesapeake Marine Railway Company of Baltimore for the Consolidated Gas and Electric Company of Baltimore.  Originally named G&E #3, the tug has since gone through several owners and name changes and was retired from service in 2012.

The tug was cleaned of environmental pollutants in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations prior to reefing. Its placement leaves a navigational clearance of approximately 30 feet.

The division plans to sink remaining tugboats, America (104 feet) and Valley Forge (110 feet) later this winter. Concrete pipe deployments will occur in early spring.

GPS coordinates for AR-165 are: 35° 41.672’ N, 75° 26.313’ W.

An artificial reef is a manmade underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom. In North Carolina, they serve as crucial spawning and foraging habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fish species.

The division maintains 68 artificial reefs, located from estuarine waters to 38 miles from shore. They are situated so that they can be reached from every maintained inlet in the state.

For more information, about the program or the tugboat reefing, contact Artificial Reef Program Coordinator Jordan Byrum at 252-808-8036 or Jordan.Byrum@ncdenr.gov.

View a video of the sinking at https://youtu.be/oQLE-XilWYs or download photos at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/012620-american-sinking.

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