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News Release Archives: June 2018
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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: June 28, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Three advisory
committees to discuss striped mullet

MOREHEAD CITY — Three advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will hold separate meetings in July to discuss whether concerns with the striped mullet stock warrant management changes in the fishery.

The committees’ recommendations, along with that of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, will be presented to the Marine Fisheries Commission at its August 15-16 meeting in Raleigh.

Amendment 1 to the N.C. Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan, adopted in 2015, requires the division to initiate further analysis of the striped mullet data if commercial landings fall below 1.13 million pounds or above 2.76 million pounds in any given year. In 2016, commercial landings of striped mullet fell by 15 percent from the previous year to 964,348, triggering the analysis.

A 2018 update of the state’s 2013 striped mullet stock assessment found that overfishing is not occurring, meaning the fishing mortality rate is not too high; however, it cannot be determined if the stock is overfished (whether the population is too small).

For more information about striped mullet, contact Daniel Zapf at 252-948-3875.

The meetings are scheduled as below:

WHO: Finfish Advisory Committee
WHAT: Discussion of striped mullet stock
(See Agenda)
WHERE: Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
WHEN: July 10 at 6 p.m.
CONTACT: Lee Paramore, 252-473-5734
WHO: Southern Regional Advisory Committee
WHAT: Discussion of striped mullet stock
(See Agenda)
WHERE: N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Regional Office
127 Cardinal Dr. Extension, Wilmington
WHEN: July 11 at 6 p.m.
CONTACT: Chris Stewart, 910-796-7370
WHO: Northern Regional Advisory Committee
WHAT: Discussion of striped mullet stock
(See Agenda)
WHERE: N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall
Highway 17, Washington
WHEN: July 12 at 6 p.m.
CONTACT: Katy West, 252-948-3884

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: June 28, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Funds from the BIG grant program available
for transient recreational boating facilities

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program for federal fiscal year 2019.

BIG is a grant program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that construct, renovate or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.

The division serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the BIG Program. Proposals must be submitted to the division to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient slips, mooring buoys, day-docks, floating and fixed piers and breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities (water, electric, telephone, internet), sewage pump-out stations, recycling and trash receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations. Applicants must have or intend to construct dedicated dockage for transient vessels to receive funding for these eligible activities.

BIG funds are awarded each year. Grants are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1 (state grants) all states may receive up to $200,000 per grant cycle if proposals meet the program's guidelines. Tier 2 (national grants) are reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings and are awarded on a nationwide competitive basis. For this funding opportunity, applicants may apply for up to $200,000 under Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.

For information about grant availability, project eligibility, and proposal development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website, http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/what-big-program, or contact Vicky Pohoresky, Federal Aid Coordinator for division at 252-808-8016 or Vicky.Pohoresky@ncdenr.gov. The deadline for applications to be received by the state Division of Marine Fisheries is 5 p.m. Aug. 13, 2018. Electronic submission to Vicky.Pohoresky@ncdenr.gov is required.

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