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News Release Archives: March 2018
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Release: Immediate   
Date: March 26, 2018   
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Shrimp Bycatch Reduction Industry Workgroup to meet

MOREHEAD CITY — The Shrimp Bycatch Reduction Industry Workgroup will meet at 10 a.m. April 4 at the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern.

The committee will review results from 2015 to 2017 testing of bycatch reduction gear technologies; develop policy recommendations to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission; and determine future continuance of the work group and industry collaboration.

A full agenda can be found here.

For more information, contact Kevin Brown, gear development biologist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252 808 8089 or Kevin.H.Brown@ncdenr.gov.

nr-26-2018


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: March 15, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Peer review workshop for North Carolina
blue crab stock assessment set

MOREHEAD CITY — Staff with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a three-day, in-person workshop March 27-29 with scientists who are peer reviewing a draft assessment of the North Carolina blue crab stock.

The workshop will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Bern Riverfront, 100 Middle St., New Bern.

The discussions begin at 1 p.m. on March 27, 9 a.m. on March 28, and 9 a.m. on March 29 and will be open to the public. The open sessions allow the public to observe the peer review process, but do not include a public comment period.

When deemed necessary, the committee will close the meeting to the public allow the peer reviewers to deliberate and complete a draft version of their peer review report.

A stock assessment is a scientific analysis that uses information gathered from commercial and recreational fishermen and data from on-the-water scientific sampling and observations to determine the health of a population and predict how that population may respond to different management measures.

A peer review is an evaluation of scientific work by independent and unbiased experts. A peer review of a fisheries stock assessment evaluates the validity of the data used, the appropriateness of the assessment model used and the rationale of any assumptions used to determine if the science conducted is adequate for use in fisheries management. Peer review scientists have not been involved in or had input into the development of the stock assessment and have no stake in its outcome.

The open, in-person peer review process is meant to foster communication between the peer reviewers and division stock assessment scientists and to improve public understanding of fisheries stock assessments.

For more information, contact Jason Rock with the Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-948-3874 or Jason.Rock@ncdenr.gov.

nr-25-2018


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: March 7, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan
Advisory Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY — The Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. March 21 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington regional office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

The committee is meeting to continue assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries with development of Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. Agenda items include a presentation reviewing data sources considered for the southern flounder stock assessment.

A full meeting agenda can be found here.

For more information, contact Mike Loeffler at Michael.Loeffler@ncdenr.gov or 252-264-3911 or Anne Markwith at Anne.Markwith@ncdenr.gov or 910-796-7292.

nr-24-2018


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: March 1, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Fishermen win big in Tagging Program drawing

MOREHEAD CITY — Fifteen lucky fishermen won $100 each in a recent N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Multi-Species Tagging Program yearly drawing. Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure and habitat use.

The tagging program randomly selected tag numbers from the more than 1,011 fish tags that were turned in by fishermen in 2017. Three tag numbers were selected from each of the five species that are tagged by the program.

The $100 winners who turned in tags from cobia were: Joshua Hall of Durham, Austin Cooper of Wake, Va. and William Glenn of Culpeper, Va.

The $100 winners who turned in tags from red drum were: Clara Faye Tyson of Morehead City, David Weighbright of Kitty Hawk and Alan Johnson of Jacksonville.

The $100 winners who turned in tags for striped bass were: James Holloway of Trent Woods, Paul Morton of Wendell, and Joseph Kinsey of Atlantic Beach.

The $100 winners who turned in tags for southern flounder were: Dominic Vetrano of Arapahoe, Aron Styron III of Cedar Island and Donald McCall of Greenville, S.C.

The $100 winners who turned in tags from spotted seatrout were: Nathan Tanner of Camden, Leavy Vicars of Winterville and Michael Litchworth of Macclesfield.

The Multi-Species Tagging Program began in October 2014 and is funded by a Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant. Staff and volunteers place yellow or red tags on 15,000 fish each year.

Fishermen who catch the tagged fish and return the tags with required information to the division receive a letter and personalized certificate with information about the fish, as well as a reward. Those who return a yellow tag marked with “NCDMF” receive either $5, a tagging program hat, fish towel, or fish pin. Those who return a red tag marked with “NCDMF” and “$100 REWARD” receive a $100 monetary reward.

Fishermen must record the species, tag number, date, location captured, total length of the fish, fate of the fish (released or harvested) and the type of gear used to capture the fish. Yellow tags may be reported by phone, but red tags must be cut-off and returned to the division for the fisherman to receive the reward.

For more information about the Multi-Species Tagging Program, visit http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/tagged-fish or contact Ami Staples at 252-948-3913 or Ami.Staples@ncdenr.gov.

nr-23-2018

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