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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 9, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to meet
May 17-18 in New Bern

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 17-18 at the BridgePoint Hotel & Marina, 101 Howell Road, New Bern.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. May 17 and 9 a.m. May 18.
 
The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period will begin at 6 p.m. May 17. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. No other public comment period is slated for this meeting.

The deadline for submitting written comments to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, is noon May 15. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment period 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 here . Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online. A meeting agenda and briefing book materials can be found here.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 4, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

New bluefish release category added to
N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament

MOREHEAD CITY — Anglers can soon be recognized for releasing large bluefish.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Saltwater Fishing Tournament, known commonly as the Citation Program, will add a bluefish release category beginning May 15. Anglers can receive a citation (certificate) for the release of a bluefish that measures 34 inches or longer.

Currently, citations are given only to anglers who catch and keep a bluefish that weighs at least 15 pounds.

The new release category brings the total number of release species in the program to 20. The release category is meant to encourage anglers to practice catch and release.

The Saltwater Fishing Tournament recognizes exceptional catches of North Carolina’s most popular sport fish.

The tournament runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each year and is open to any angler, except those who captain or work on a for-hire vessel or those who sell their fish.

To qualify for a citation, the fish must be caught on hook and line, landed without the use of electric or hydraulic equipment and meet the program size requirements. Landed fish must be weighed at an official weigh station and then recorded on an official application form. For released fish, the angler or mate must touch the fish or the leader, measure the fish and release it, then the angler and a witness must fill out and sign an application at an official weigh station.

Click here for more information on the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 4, 2017
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.

North Carolina’s 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 2017 regulations are subject to change during the season to remain in compliance with this plan. Anglers should check the North Carolina Recreational Coastal Waters Guide for Sports Fishermen for changes.

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 2016-2017 season is open.

For more specific regulations on black sea bass, see Proclamation FF-16-2017 for North of Cape Hatteras or Proclamation FF-68-2016 for South of Cape Hatteras.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage at 252-808-8009.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 1, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Artificial Reef Guides still available

MOREHEAD CITY — Anglers who fish on North Carolina’s artificial reefs can still get the new North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Artificial Reef Guide, published this past August.

Artificial reef guides are still available for free on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters in Morehead City and at other division offices in Wilmington, Washington, Elizabeth City and Manteo (find addresses and phone numbers for these offices here).

Individuals may pick a book up in-person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). The division limits distribution of the guide to one book per person.

The 131-page, full-color guide is printed on waterproof paper and provides detailed information about each of the state’s 62 reefs. It includes diagrams of each site showing all reef material, GPS coordinates and material deployment dates.

As a supplement to the paper guide, the division has posted an online interactive reef guide here. This web application offers all the features of the paper guide, with the addition of side-scan sonar imagery, which creates a picture of the ocean floor, for each reef. The web guide also includes mapping tools for measuring distance, searching and custom printing.

Artificial reefs are manmade underwater structures, built to promote marine life in areas with otherwise featureless bottom. North Carolina builds reefs to support healthy fish populations, create accessible fishing and diving opportunities, and in some places, restore degraded habitat for oysters.

The reef guide and web application were funded by a $176,000 award from the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant Program.

For more information, contact Amy Comer, with the division’s Artificial Reef Program, at 252-808-8054 or Amy.Comer@ncdenr.gov.

Download a photo of the reef guide here
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