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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 30, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Marine Fisheries Commission
to meet June 6 to discuss southern flounder

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet June 6 at 1 p.m. at The Beaufort Hotel, 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, to discuss proposed southern flounder management measures.

The agenda includes a 1 ½-hour public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Members of the public may speak to the commission on Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes on a first-come basis until time is up. Doors will open at noon.

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 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.

The commission is scheduled to consider all public and advisory committee input, select its preferred management options in Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, and send the draft plan for departmental and legislative review.

Southern flounder is one of three main species of flounder landed on the North Carolina coast. The other two species are summer flounder and Gulf flounder.

Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan contains options for several seasonal harvest closure scenarios to achieve up to a 72% reduction in southern flounder harvest for the commercial and recreational fishing sectors. Additionally, at the request of the Marine Fisheries Commission, the draft amendment includes an option for a partial moratorium.

Options for non-quantifiable management measures to constrain effort, such as yardage and time restrictions for gill nets and daily harvest limits for pound nets and gigs, are included in the draft amendment as well.

The commission is scheduled to give final approval of the draft amendment in August so that the management measures can be implemented by proclamation before this fall.

WHO: N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission
WHAT: Select preferred management measures in Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan
WHEN: June 6 at 1 p.m.
WHERE:
The Beaufort Hotel, 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort
Link to live stream: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 29, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

Alternate webpage created for information and public comment on southern flounder management proposals

MOREHEAD CITY — An alternate webpage has been established for the public to access information and submit public comment on Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

The alternate Information on Southern Flounder Amendment page was created due to continued technical problems with the Division of Marine Fisheries website that has caused intermittent failures. The division is continuing to work with the Department of Information Technology to correct these issues, which are affecting websites statewide.

Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan contains options for several seasonal harvest closure scenarios to achieve up to a 72% reduction in southern flounder harvest for the commercial and recreational fishing sectors. Additionally, at the request of the Marine Fisheries Commission, the draft amendment includes an option for a partial moratorium.

Options for non-quantifiable management measures to constrain effort, such as yardage and time restrictions for gill nets and daily harvest limits for pound nets and gigs, are included in the draft amendment as well.

Southern flounder is one of three main species of flounder landed on the North Carolina coast. The other two species are summer flounder and Gulf flounder.

The original Information on Southern Flounder Amendment page is still operational when the division’s website is available.

Online Comments will be accepted until midnight June 3.

The public may also comment at a joint meeting of three advisory committees to be held June 3 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City. The joint meeting of the Finfish, Northern and Southern advisory committees will begin at noon and end at 4:15 p.m. and include a 1 ½ hour comment period. During the comment period, members of the public may speak for three minutes each on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Computers will be available at the meeting to provide online access for attendees to comment.

Additionally, the public may submit written comments through the mail to Southern Flounder Comments, P.O Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557. Comments must be received by the division by midnight June 3.

The division will not accept public comment through email.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 28, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: May 29 meeting of Commercial Fishing Resource Funding committees cancelled

MOREHEAD CITY — The May 29 joint meeting of the N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee and the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee has been cancelled due to the anticipated lack of a quorum.

The funding committees were scheduled to review and vote on funding opportunities from the N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund.

The meeting will be rescheduled and the date, time, and location will be announced later.

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