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News Release Archives - March 2015


Release: Immediate
Date: March 10, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021 or 252-342-0642

Marine Fisheries Nominating Committee and Marine Fisheries Commission
to meet via conference call

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday. The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet immediately following the Nominating Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m.

Both meetings will be held via conference call. Members of the public who wish to listen to the meetings may do so at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries headquarters, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.

The committee and commission are meeting to consider candidates for an at-large seat for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

For more information, contact Michelle Duval, with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8011 or Michelle.Duval@ncdenr.gov.


Release: Immediate
Date: March 2, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public meeting scheduled on monkfish large mesh gill net permit

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public meeting to discuss the Atlantic Ocean monkfish large mesh gill net fishery at 4 p.m. March 11 at the division’s Manteo Field Office, 1021 Driftwood Drive, Manteo.

The purpose of the meeting is to explain to local fishermen the permit requirements and other conditions for participation in the fishery.

The fishery is scheduled to open March 16 and will close no later than April 14. The fishery is limited to a specified area between the Virginia state line and Wimble Shoals, off Rodanthe.

The permit will allow for monitoring of the fishery, thereby reducing the threat of gill net interaction with marine mammals, Atlantic sturgeon, or sea turtles while the traditional monkfish fishery continues in North Carolina.

The season may close by proclamation prior to April 14 if sea surface temperatures exceed 52 degrees, when sea turtles become more active, or if interactions with marine mammals, Atlantic sturgeon, or sea turtles occur.

For more information, contact Holly White, division biologist, at 252-473-5734.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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