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Release: Immediate
Date: July 21, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled for Jarrett Bay water column lease

MOREHEAD CITY — The state marine fisheries division will hold a public hearing on a proposed water column lease for shellfish aquaculture in Carteret County.

Adam Tyler has filed an application to lease approximately 2.6 acres of water column on his existing bottom lease in Jarrett Bay.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City.

Also, written comments may be submitted to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557 until 5 p.m. on Aug. 2.

The application file and biologist report for this proposed lease are available for inspection at the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.

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Release: Immediate
Date: July 21, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Elizabeth City and Washington fishery license offices
may experience temporary closures

MOREHEAD CITY — The state’s marine fisheries division is reminding fishermen that license offices in Elizabeth City and Washington may experience unplanned, short-term closures due to a temporary shortage of personnel. These offices will additionally close daily for lunch until further notice.

A license position is currently vacant in each of the offices, leaving no backup for lunch or other unavoidable emergencies. Lunch typically runs from noon to 1 p.m., but these vacancies could potentially cause unexpected office closures at other times should the remaining staff call in sick or need to be off for other reasons.

The division will make every effort to run these offices on a normal schedule, but temporary closings may be necessary until a backup from another office can arrive.

Those who wish to visit one of these license offices should call ahead to ensure the office is open. The numbers for the Elizabeth City office are 252-264-3911 or 800-338-7805; the numbers for the Washington office are 252-946-6481or 800-338-7804.

Those who need to purchase a recreational fishing license or vessel registration can do so at the nearest Wildlife Agent. A list of these agents can be found at www.ncwildlife.org. Recreational fishing licenses may also be purchased online at the same web address.

Commercial fishermen may renew their licenses at any of the other N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries license offices or through the mail. License applications and renewal forms can be downloaded from the division website at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/marine-fisheries.

Customers may also call 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information, license questions or to request an application by mail.

For more information, contact division License and Statistics Section Chief Stephanie McInerny at 252-808-8099 or Stephanie.McInerny@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: July 19, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Grant money available for transient recreational boating facilities

MOREHEAD CITY — The state marine fisheries division is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program for federal fiscal year 2017, which runs Oct. 1, 2016 through Sept. 30, 2017.

This 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 Boating Infrastructure Grant 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.

Boating Infrastructure Grant funds are awarded annually and are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1 (state grants), all states may receive up to $200,000 per grant cycle as long as proposals meet the program's guidelines. Tier 2 (national grants) is reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings and grants 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 division’s website, http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/what-big-program<, or contact Beth Govoni, grants program manager for the division, at P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557-0769. You may also contact Govoni at 252-808-8015 or at Beth.Govoni@ncdenr.gov. The deadline for applications to be received by the division is 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. Electronic submission is required.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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