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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 6, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Marine Fisheries Commission to meet
Feb. 15-16 in Wilmington

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will convene for two days instead of three when it meets Feb. 15-16, at Hilton Wilmington Riverside, 301 N. Water St., Wilmington.


Under this new schedule, the business meeting will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 15 and at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

A public comment period will begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 15. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic, including comments on the North Carolina Wildlife Federation Petition for Rulemaking.
The petition asks the commission to designate all coastal fishing waters not otherwise designated as nursery areas (including the Atlantic Ocean out to three miles from shore) 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.

Members of the public who signed up to speak on the petition at a Jan. 17 meeting, but whose names were not called because time ran out, will be allowed to speak first during this comment period.

The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes, and a person may only speak once during the comment period. No other public comment period is slated for the commission’s business meeting.
The deliberation and vote on the petition for rulemaking is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

The deadline for submitting written comments on the petition for rulemaking has passed. The deadline for submitting any other written correspondence to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is noon Feb. 10. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.

The public may listen to the meeting on the Internet. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found here. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

Other agenda items for this meeting include:

  • Discussion of potential cobia management measures in state waters.
  • Final approval of Amendment 2 to the Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan and Amendment 4 to the Oyster Fishery Management and associated rules.

A full meeting agenda and briefing book can be found here.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 3, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Marine Fisheries’ Standard Commercial Fishing
License Eligibility Board to meet

MOREHEAD CITY — The Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will meet at 10:30 a.m., March 16 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office, 127 North Cardinal Drive Ext, Wilmington.

The board will consider applications deemed complete and submitted by Feb. 28.

The board meets two-to-three times a year to consider license applications. For directions on applying for a commercial fishing license go here.

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

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Release: Immediate
Contact: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Date: Feb. 3, 2017

Reminder! SAFMC Public Hearing and Scoping Meetings Continue

Join local representatives from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Council staff as public hearing and scoping meetings continue next week in North Carolina.

The Council is holding a series of public hearing/scoping meetings to collect public input on management options for red snapper and the Vision Blueprint for the snapper grouper fishery and proposed measures affecting allocations for yellowtail snapper. Documents and online presentations are available by clicking the link below.

Note: Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 6
Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 North Water Street
Wilmington, N.C.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
Hatteras Community Center
57689 N.C. Highway 12
Hatteras, N.C.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
Doubletree by Hilton
2717 W. Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Can't Attend a Meeting in Person?
Each of the meetings is available via webinar. Registration is required. Visit the Council's website: Public Hearing and Scoping Meetings

New Online Form Makes it Easy to Submit Written Comments
The Council requests that written comments be submitted using the online comment form. Comments will be immediately available for Council consideration and posted online. You can also view what others are saying! Written comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2017.

Get Involved! Apply Now for Open Advisory Panel Seats
Deadline for applications is Feb. 10, 2017

The Council continues to accept applications for a number of open seats on its advisory panels.  The advisory panels provide grass-roots input and recommendations to the Council, generally meeting once or twice each year. Members include recreational, charter, and commercial fishermen, business operators, representatives from non-governmental organizations and others knowledgeable about fishery issues. 

In addition to participating in the public hearing/scoping meetings, serving on an advisory panel offers the opportunity to get further involved in federal fisheries management and the decision-making process. A complete list of current openings is available from the Council's website.

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