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Marine Fisheries - 02 2019 News Releases

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 12, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Seeks applicants for saltwater
fishing license grants projects

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for proposals for the 2019-2020 funding cycle from the N.C. Marine Resources Fund.

The fund, which receives proceeds from the sale of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses, provides grants for projects that help manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate and enhance the state’s marine resources.

Only universities and other local and state government entities in North Carolina are eligible to apply. Others must partner with one of these eligible entities.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the N.C. Marine Resources Fund and Marine Resources Endowment Fund Strategic Plan to Manage, Protect, Restore, Develop, Cultivate, Conserve, and Enhance North Carolina’s Marine Resources. The plan considers priority research needs identified in fishery management plans approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission, issues identified in the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and research needs identified cooperatively with other agencies.

The strategic plan and directions for submitting a proposal and an application form can found on the Division of Marine Fisheries’ website here.

Projects submitted for this funding cycle should address specific priority needs listed under one of the two programmatic areas within the Request for Proposal:

1. Marine Resources and Habitat Management – Projects that support research, surveys, and investigations that provide essential information for the management of marine resources and habitats, including administrative and compliance activities necessary to obtain management objectives;

2. Access and Education – Projects that enhance public fishing access and angling opportunities and support public outreach and education that are essential to management of marine resources and habitats.

All proposals must be received by the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries by 5 p.m. April 12. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Grants Program Manager William Brantley at 252-808-8004 or 800-682-2632 or William.Brantley@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 11, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Marine Fisheries Commission
to meet Feb. 20-22 in Williamston

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Feb. 20-22 at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center, 2900 N.C. 125, Williamston.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 20, at 9 a.m. Feb. 21 and at 9 a.m. Feb. 22.

Public comment periods will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 and 9 a.m. Feb. 21. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. More time may be allotted, at the chairman’s discretion, depending on the number who sign up to speak. Those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Feb. 20 or at the Feb. 21 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The deadline for submitting written comments to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, is noon Feb. 18. 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.

The commission is scheduled to:

  • Review and vote on Supplement A to the Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1, which is a proposed temporary management measure for no possession of striped bass in the Central Southern Management Area to protect important year classes while the next fishery management plan amendment is being developed.
  • Continue discussion from the November meeting on goals and objectives for the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2.
  • Receive information on the Fiscal Analysis of Rules Associated with N.C. Wildlife Federation’s Petition for Rulemaking.

A meeting agenda and briefing book materials are posted here.

For more information, contact Nancy Fish in the Marine Fisheries Commission office at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

WHO: N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission
WHAT: Quarterly Business Meeting
WHEN: Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.; Feb. 21 at 9 a.m.; Feb. 22 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE:
Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center
2900 N.C. 125, Williamston

Link to Live Stream: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online
Link to Briefing Book: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/02-2019-briefing-book

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 6, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: 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 by teleconference at 10:30 a.m., April 11.

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

The board will consider applications that have been deemed complete and that were submitted by March 13.

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: April 11 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:

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

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

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