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Release: Immediate
Date: May 17, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Joint Law Enforcement Agreement Advisory Group Meeting Set

MOREHEAD CITY — The Joint Law Enforcement Agreement Advisory Group will meet at 5 p.m. June 1 at the Craven County Agricultural Center, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern.

The advisory group will discuss whether the state should enter into a joint law enforcement agreement with the federal government.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is conducting a 12-month study to determine the possible impacts, costs and benefits of a joint law enforcement agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service, and whether the N.C. General Assembly should authorize the division to enter into an agreement. The division is required, by law, to submit findings of a study on this topic to the General Assembly by Oct. 15. Consultation with an advisory group is part of this process.

In a joint enforcement agreement, the N.C. Marine Patrol would contract with the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement to supplement and enhance federal fisheries law enforcement capabilities. The agreement would be accompanied by an enforcement plan in which both the state and federal agencies agree to a list of priorities and activities to be enforced by state officers. In return, Marine Patrol would receive monetary compensation and training about federal regulations.

A joint enforcement agreement also would allow N.C. Marine Patrol officers to charge fishermen with minor federal offenses, and adjudicate those charges through state district court.

For more information, contact N.C. Marine Patrol Col. Jim Kelley at 252-808-8130 or Jim.M.Kelley@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: May 10, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Recreational black sea bass season reopens May 15
North of Cape Hatteras

MOREHEAD CITY — The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open May 15 in both federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.

During the open season, the minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches total length (tip of the snout to the tip of the tail), and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day. The season will close Sept. 21, and will reopen again from Oct. 22 through Dec. 31.

The recreational black sea bass regulations north of Cape Hatteras comply with the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Plan.

The recreational black sea bass fishery south of Cape Hatteras is managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. South of Cape Hatteras, the minimum size limit is 13 inches total length and the bag limit is five fish per person per day. The recreational black sea bass season begins April 1 each year and closes when the quota is met. The 2015-2016 season is open.

For more specific regulations on black sea bass, see Proclamation FF-24-2016 for North of Cape Hatteras or Proclamation FF-71-2015 for South of Cape Hatteras at http://ncmarinefisheries.net/proclamations.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage at 252-808-8009 or Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: May 10, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Marine Fisheries Commission to meet next week in Morehead City

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 18-20 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City.

Public comment periods will begin at 6 p.m. May 18 and 9 a.m. May 19. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the May 18 or May 19 session, but not during both public comment periods.
The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. May 19 and 8:30 a.m. May 20.

The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. May 16. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment periods 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 at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online.

The commission is scheduled to:

  • Review advisory committee recommendations and public comment on the NOAA Fisheries 2016 recreational cobia season closure, and consider complementing this closure in state waters or adopting other possible cobia harvest restrictions;
  • Select adaptive management measures for the blue crab fishery required under Amendment 2 to the N.C. Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan;
  • Review advisory committee recommendations and public comment on lowering the daily oyster harvest limit for the commercial Shellfish License statewide, and approve the draft Oyster and Clam fishery management plans to send for departmental and legislative review;
  • Receive an update on the total allowable landings for pound nets by waterbodies required by Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1.

A full meeting agenda and briefing book can be found 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.

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