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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 5, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled on proposed
shellfish leases in Carteret County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County at 6 p.m. March 13 at the N.C Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City.

Samuel Boyd has applied for three shellfish bottom and water column leases in Bogue Sound near Atlantic Beach. The proposed lease sites, 1.47 acres, 4.65 acres and 1.79 acres, are in Tar Landing Bay.

DHP Investments, LLC. (Adrian Goodwin, agent) has applied for a 4.22-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in North Bay near Cedar Island. 

Maps of the proposed leases, with corresponding lease numbers, can be found here.

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the meeting or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m.  March 12 and should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection during office hours at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

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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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 5, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled on proposed
shellfish leases in Dare County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Dare County at 6 p.m. March 5 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries office at 1021 Driftwood Drive, Manteo.

Wanchese Fish Company (Joseph Daniels, agent) has applied for a 3.52-acre water bottom and water column lease in Old House Channel.

The N.C. Coastal Federation (Todd Miller, agent) has applied for a 0.5-acre Research Demonstration Lease approximately .50 acres in Broad Creek.

Maps of the proposed leases, with corresponding lease numbers, can be found here.

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

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection during office hours at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

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

nr-18-2018


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 2, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

State certifies new state record red grouper

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record red grouper.

Robert L. Dean of Creedmoor reeled in the 35-pound, 11-ounce fish June 10 while fishing on the Cheerio Lady charter boat in the Atlantic Ocean 43 miles off Carolina Beach.

The fish measured 37 inches total length (from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a girth of 37 inches.

The former state record for red grouper was 33 pounds, 8 ounces. It was caught off the coast of Atlantic Beach in 2007. The world all-tackle record for red grouper is 42 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla. in 1997.

Dean caught his fish using cigar minnows and squid for bait on 80-pound line test with a custom rod and Penn 3/0 reel.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or Carole.Y.Willis@ncdenr.gov.

Download a photo of Dean and his fish here.

nr-17-2018

Release: Immediate Contact: Patricia Smith Date: Feb. 19, 2018 Phone: 252-726-7021 Marine Fisheries Commission asks legislature to look at commercial fishing license criteria 8-point rule MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will ask legislators to make changes to criteria for commercial fishing licenses, but will not ask for an income requirement. The commission voted Thursday to send a letter to the legislature recommending the below changes to Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses: 1. Develop a new commercial fishing license based on criteria to qualify current commercial license holders. Current license holders must demonstrate a minimal level of participation in the fishery as reported by landings (1,000 pounds of seafood products) or effort (15 trips) through the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program during any two out of five continuous calendar years. 2. Only allow license transfers or assignments to members of the immediate family or corporation of a licensed commercial fisherman. 3. Create a Crew License for individuals to apprentice with commercial fishermen for three years, after which time they would be eligible to purchase a standard commercial fishing license. The annual fee for the Crew License would be $100. 4. Cap the pool at 100, and establish a new pool to receive licenses that are not renewed each year. Any non-renewed licenses would be transferred into the new pool and used to fill new commercial fishing license demand for qualified applicants. Inactive licenses may be reactivated for a fee. 5. Inactive Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses that do not have requirements set forth by the legislature would go back into a special pool and these licenses may be reissued to the original holder without going through the Eligibility Pool. 6. Create a Heritage Standard Commercial Fishing License that families may want to maintain that are inactive that 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 requirements listed above. If reissue is not wanted, a one-time fee of $100 will retire that license number. 7. Graduation or completion of community colleges offering a commercial fishing program will be recognized as having served an apprenticeship eligible for an Eligibility Pool license. The proposed changes require legislative approval. In other business, the commission voted to: Ask the Division of Marine Fisheries to temporarily stop issuing shellfish leases and accepting shellfish lease applications for waters from Bogue Sound south until the division can fully assess safety concerns and other regulatory needs. The commission asked for a report on this issue at its May 2018 meeting. Division Director Steve Murphey told the commission he would seek legal counsel to see if the division has authority for these actions. Approve a recreational cobia season of May 1 to Dec. 31, with a limit for private vessels of one fish per person, up to two fish per vessel from May 1 to May 31 and one fish per vessel June 1 through Dec. 31; the limit for for-hire vessels would be one fish per person up to four fish per vessel May 1 through Dec. 31. All measures include a 36-inch fork length minimum size limit. These management measures must be reviewed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Cobia Technical Committee and approved by the South Atlantic State/Federal Management Board. Ask the Division of Marine Fisheries to draft rules to make tarpon a no spear, no gaff and no possession fish. Ask Governor Roy Cooper to examine the current membership of the Marine Fisheries Commission and, if need be, make changes to ensure the commission functions as intended. nr-22-2018

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