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News Release Archives: May 2018
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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 18, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

New bycatch reduction devices to be required
in shrimp trawls in some waters

MOREHEAD CITY — Beginning next summer, new gear configurations will be required in shrimp trawls used in some waters of the state.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted this week to require fishermen to use one of four gear combinations identified by a recent collaborative study that achieve at least 40 percent finfish bycatch. The new gear configurations will be required in all shrimp trawls, except skimmer trawls, used in inside waters where greater than 90-foot headrope length is allowed (Pamlico Sound and portions of Core Sound, Pamlico River and Neuse River).

The director of the Division of Marine Fisheries will issue the requirement via proclamation to take effect July 1, 2019.

The study, a collaboration between the Division of Marine Fisheries, NOAA Fisheries, N.C. Sea Grant and the commercial shrimp trawl industry, came about from a management strategy adopted by the commission in February 2015 as part of the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan. The strategy called for three years of industry testing of various gear configurations to reduce bycatch to the greatest extent practicable, with a 40-percent target reduction goal. The testing was to be conducted by a stakeholder group consisting of fishermen, net and/or gear manufacturers and scientific and/or gear specialists.

The four new gear configurations that achieved at least 40 percent finfish bycatch without significantly reducing shrimp catch were:

  • Double federal fisheyes used with a 1 7/8-inch stretch mesh tailbag and a 4-inch spaced bar turtle excluder device
    — Achieved a 40.8-percent finfish bycatch reduction with a 1-percent increase in shrimp
  • Double federal fisheyes used with a 1 3/4-inch stretch mesh tailbag and a 4-inch spaced bar turtle excluder device
    — Achieved a 57.2-percent finfish bycatch reduction with a 12.1-percent decrease in shrimp
  • Double federal fisheyes used with a 1 3/4-inch stretch mesh tailbag and a 3-inch spaced bar turtle excluder devise
    — Achieved a 44.9-percent finfish bycatch reduction with a 4.9-percent decrease in shrimp
  • A single state fisheye used with a 1 3/4-inch stretch mesh tailbag and a Virgil Potter bycatch reduction device
    — Achieved a 44.3-percent finfish bycatch reduction with a 5.5-percent decrease in shrimp

The commission also voted to continue the shrimp industry workgroup and explore funding options for more studies; to survey fishermen to determine what bycatch reduction devices the shrimp trawl industry currently uses; and to begin development of Amendment 2 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.

The commission instructed the division to acquire independent peer reviews of all reports on the three-year study, which the division is already in the process of doing and re-evaluate the results following the peer reviews.

In other business, the commission voted to:

  • Approve nominations for Region 4 Strategic Habitat Areas for inclusion in the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
  • Request the chairman appoint an advisory committee, consisting of the three recreational seats of the Marine Fisheries Commission and the science seat of the Marine Fisheries Commission, to provide advice on projects and grants issued using Coastal Recreational Fishing License trust funds.
  • Send a letter to the governor and the legislature asking that they institute a Land or Sell Permit for North Carolina residents who hold federal permits that costs no more than a N.C. Standard Commercial Fishing License.

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Release: Immediate   
Date: May 10, 2018   
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Recreational black sea bass season
north of Cape Hatteras opens May 15

8-point rule

 


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

The minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches total length (tip of the snout to the tip of the tail, excluding the tail filament), and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day. The season will close 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. Anglers should see Proclamation FF-19-2018 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations-current for more specific information or contact Chris Batsavage at 252-808-8009.

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 seven fish per person per day. The recreational black sea bass season begins April 1 each year and closes when the quota is met. The 2018-2019 season is open, but anglers should frequently check the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council regulations webpage for closures or download the Fish Rules App on their cell phones. Regulations for black sea bass south of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina state waters mirror those in federal waters south of Cape Hatteras.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 4, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY:
Marine Fisheries Commission to meet May 16-17 in New Bern 

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 16-17 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Bern Riverfront, Bottom of Form

100 Middle St., New Bern.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. May16 and 8:30 a.m. May 17. 

A public comment period will be held at 6 p.m. May 16. 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.

The deadline for submitting written comments to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, is May 11. 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 commission is scheduled to discuss and possibly vote on new gear requirements in the shrimp trawl fishery. A three- year study between the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, NOAA Fisheries, N.C Sea Grant and the commercial shrimp trawl industry identified four new gear configurations that reduce finfish bycatch by at least 40 percent.

Other agenda items include a presentation on the N.C. Blue Crab Stock Assessment; a presentation on potential solutions to address shellfish lease conflicts. The commission is also scheduled to vote on nominations for Region 4 Strategic Habitat Areas for inclusion in the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.

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.

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

WHO: N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission
WHAT: Quarterly Business Meeting
WHEN: May 16 at 2 p.m. and May 17 at 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Bern Riverfront
Bottom of Form
100 Middle St., New Bern

Link to Live Stream: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online
Link to Briefing Book:http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/05-2018-briefing-book

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