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Release: Immediate

Date: May 7, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission meeting slated for May 20-22 in New Bern

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 20-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Riverfront, 100 Middle St., New Bern.

Public comment periods will be held at 6 p.m. May 20 and 9 a.m. May 21. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the May 20 or May 21 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The Wednesday night public comment period will begin with an informal question and answer session at 6 p.m. Commission members and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff will be available to answer questions from the public. The commission will hold a more formal public comment period at 6:30 p.m.

The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, email or otherwise, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. May 18. Those who wish to give handouts to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. May 21 and 8:30 a.m. May 22.

The commission will offer a live webcast of the meeting. 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 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online.

The commission is scheduled to consider options for managing the southern flounder fishery.

At its February meeting, the commission voted to pursue a supplement to the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan to reduce the catch of southern flounder by between 25 percent and 60 percent. A supplement will allow the commission to adopt temporary management measures without going through the full fishery management plan process.

The commission’s action followed a report on a draft 2014 N.C. Southern Flounder Stock Assessment. The division decided the stock assessment could not be used to determine stock status after external peer reviews noted the same concerns the division noted that the assessment did not consider recent studies showing that the North Carolina stock of southern flounder mixes with stocks in other South Atlantic states. These concerns can only be addressed with a regional stock assessment that includes data from other states; however, the North Carolina data show years of declining recruitment (the number of young fish entering into the stock) and abundance, which is evidence of the need for further management measures.

If the commission decides to go forward with a draft supplement, a public comment period will be held prior to the commission’s Aug. 19-21 meeting, when it will select management measures to be implemented for this fall.

The commission is also scheduled to hear a presentation on a Spotted Seatrout Stock Assessment and vote on management options for sheepshead.

A meeting agenda and a full briefing book can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings.

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

nr-17-2015


Release: Immediate
Date: May 1, 2015
Contact: NOAA
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Gray Triggerfish in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on May 8, 2015

Commercial harvest of gray triggerfish in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) May 8, 2015. The commercial annual catch limit for gray triggerfish is 272,880 pounds, whole weight.Landing reports indicate the catch limit will be met by May 8, 2015. The commercial closure of gray triggerfish will remain effective until NOAA Fisheries announces the reopening of the fishing season.

The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and who is landing gray triggerfish for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such gray triggerfish prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, May 8, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) May 8, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of gray triggerfish in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits when the recreational sector is open.
  • Sale and purchase of gray triggerfish in or from federal waters is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for a person onboard a vessel with a federal snapper-grouper permit.

This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.

FB15-033


Release: Immediate
Date: May 1, 2015
Contact: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Phone: 843-571-4366

Harvest of Shallow Water Grouper Species Reopens on May 1, 2015
in South Atlantic Federal Waters

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council reminds recreational and commercial fishermen that harvest of all shallow water grouper species reopens to harvest in the South Atlantic effective May 1, 2015.

Shallow Water Grouper Species Include:

  • Coney
  • Graysby
  • Black Grouper
  • Gag Grouper
  • Red Grouper
  • Scamp Grouper
  • Yellowfin Grouper
  • Yellowmouth Grouper
  • Red Hind
  • Rock Hind

Note: These species are closed January 1 through April 30 annually as part of a spawning season closure.

Know Your Regulations
Before you head offshore, be sure to check out the latest regulations for these species and all other species managed by the Council.

The Council provides easy access to fishing regulations through their website and mobile app, SA Fishing Regulations.

  • Website: Access fishing regulations through the Regulations and Fish ID page of the Council's website. Scroll down the page to see individual species profiles highlighting the life history of the species as well as commercial and recreational fishing regulations.
  • SA Fishing Regulations Mobile App: Need the regulations at your fingertips while you're fishing offshore? Download the Council's FREE mobile app, SA Fishing Regulations, available on both Apple and Android. The app includes commercial and recreational fishing regulations, fish identification, and information on managed areas (including deepwater Marine Protected Areas). After downloading, be sure to enable push notifications so that you can receive alerts when fishing regulations change. The next time you go fishing, check the app for any updates, download, and head out. No network service is needed to access the app while fishing offshore.

Want More Information?
Feel free to contact the Council office for additional information at 843-571-4366.

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