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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: March 29, 2019
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.

The tagging program randomly selected tag numbers from the more than 860 fish tags that were turned in by fishermen in 2018. Three tag numbers were selected from each of the five species that are tagged by the program.

The division tags striped bass, red drum, spotted seatrout, southern flounder and cobia throughout the estuarine and ocean waters of North Carolina. While all the fish are released in North Carolina waters, due to the migratory nature of many of these species, tags can be returned from North Carolina or from out of state.

The $100 winners who turned in tags in 2018 follow:

  • Cobia – Chris Dreyfuss of Yorktown, Va., Hunter Watson of Yorktown, Va., and James Baker Jr. of Belvedere.
  • Red drum – Tim McCurry of Jacksonville, Jeff Bier of Zebulon, and Jacqueline Barrett of New Bern.
  • Striped bass – Robert Norwood of Roanoke Rapids, Toby Cascioli of Grifton, and Megan Smith of Chocowinity.
  • Southern flounder – Adam Harris of Atlantic, Robert Harrington of Hampstead, and Billy Jones of Snow Hill.
  • Spotted seatrout – James Poole of Merritt, Ray Hautsch of New Bern, and Bill Hill of Winterville.

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.

Information gathered from tag returns allows researchers to determine species migration patterns, mortality, population structure and habitat use. For more information about the Multi-Species Tagging Program, contact Trevor Scheffel at 252-948-3867.

Download a photo of one of the winners and his fish.

nr-30-2019


Release: Immediate
Date: March 26, 2019
Contacts:
Patricia Smith, DMF 252-726-7021
Fairley Mahlum, WRC 919-707-0180

Division of Marine Fisheries, Wildlife Resources Commission
extend year-round striped bass season closure to inland, joint waters

MOREHEAD CITY – A year-round recreational striped bass season closure will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019, in all waters of the Central Southern Management Area where a closure does not already exist. The Cape Fear River and its tributaries are already under a harvest moratorium and are not impacted by this change.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Steve Murphey and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers issued consistent proclamations today that result in a year-round closure in all joint fishing waters of the Central Southern Management Area. Further, in light of protective measures already implemented through proclamations issued by Director Murphey that prohibit striped bass harvest and limit commercial gear, the Wildlife Resources Commission proclamation also closed the striped bass season in all remaining inland waters within the Central Southern Management Area. A year-round season closure is already in effect for all coastal waters of the Central Southern Management Area.

The Central Southern Management Area encompasses all waters from just south of Oregon Inlet to the South Carolina line. The major waterbodies and their tributaries impacted include, but are not limited to:

  • the Pamlico and Core sounds,
  • the Tar River downstream of Rocky Mount Mills Dam,
  • the Pamlico River,
  • the Pungo River,
  • the Neuse River downstream of Falls Lake Dam,
  • the White Oak River, and
  • the New River.

The closure does not impact striped bass fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, in the Albemarle Sound Management Area, the Roanoke River Management Area, or the Pee Dee River and tributaries downstream of Blewett Falls Dam.

A map of the closed areas can be found here.

The regulatory changes finalize implementation of Supplement A to Amendment 1 to the N. C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan, which was adopted by the Marine Fisheries Commission in February. The approved supplement contained a no possession measure for striped bass for both commercial and recreational fisheries in coastal and joint waters of the Central Southern Management Area.

The two agencies are currently working on Amendment 2 to the North Carolina Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan, as research has shown that the striped bass populations in the Central Southern Management Area are not self-sustaining. These temporary management measures will ensure the protection of naturally-spawned year classes of striped bass until the amendment is completed.

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