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Release: Immediate
Date: July 15, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State will hold meetings regarding new flounder permit
and reporting requirements

MOREHEAD CITY — The state’s marine fisheries division will hold two meetings this month to explain new flounder permit and reporting requirements for pound net fishermen and fish dealers.

The meetings will be held as follows:

July 26 at 6 p.m.
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City

July 27 at 6 p.m.
Dare County Center Multipurpose Room
950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo

The new requirements stem from Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, adopted by the Marine Fisheries Commission in November. The supplement requires a commercial pound net quota that reduces pound net flounder landings by 38 percent from the average 2011 to 2015 landings. The quota will be allocated to different waterbody management groups.

The division plans to implement and monitor the quota by requiring those who buy flounder from pound net fishermen to hold a Flounder Pound Net Dealer Permit and report pound net flounder landings daily to the Division of Marine Fisheries. The permit will be required to purchase flounder from pound net fishermen beginning Aug. 1. The daily reporting requirement begins Sept. 1.

At the meetings, state marine fisheries staff will explain the details of how this system will work. Staff will also provide the quotas for the different waterbody management groups and answer questions from fishermen and dealers.

The Flounder Pound Net Dealer Permit is now available free of charge from Division of Marine Fisheries license offices. For specific regulations on the permit, see Proclamation M-14-2016 here.

For more information, contact Mike Loeffler with the Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-264-3911 or Michael.Loeffler@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: July 14, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State certifies new state record for pigfish

MOREHEAD CITY — The marine fisheries division has certified a new state record for pigfish.

Jason Edwards of Rocky Mount caught the 2-pound, 12-ounce fish May 23 while fishing on the Capt. Stacy IV in the Atlantic Ocean, about 30 miles southeast of Cape Lookout. The former state record for pigfish was 2 pounds, 4 ounces, and was caught in the Atlantic Ocean in 1991.

Edwards hooked the fish using cut squid as bait on a Penn 66 rod and reel with 80-pound test line.

The pigfish measured 15 ½ inches total length (tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a 14-inch girth.

Two catches tie for the current world record for pigfish. Both fish weighed 3 pounds, 5 ounces, and both were caught in 2011 in New Zealand.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or Carole.Y.Willis@ncdenr.gov.

Download a photo of Edwards and his catch here.

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Release: Immediate
Date: July 12, 2016
Contact: Mary Janine Vara
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations for Blueline Tilefish, Black Sea Bass, and Yellowtail Snapper in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic

The final rule for Regulatory Amendment 25 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 25) will publish on July 13, 2016.

The final rule for Regulatory Amendment 25 will implement the following changes:

Blueline Tilefish
Regulations for blueline tilefish will be effective on July 13, 2016.

  • Increase the annual catch limits for blueline tilefish from 26,766 to 87,521 pounds whole weight (commercial sector) and 26,691 to 87,277 pounds whole weight (recreational sector).
  • Reopen commercial harvest for blueline tilefish on July 13, 2016. Commercial harvest will close in 2016 if the commercial annual catch limit is met.
  • Increase the commercial trip limit from 100 to 300 pounds gutted weight.
  • Increase the recreational bag limit from one fish per vessel to three fish per person per day for the months of May through August within the aggregate bag limit. There will continue to be no recreational retention of blueline tilefish during the months of January through April and September through December, each year.
  • The increases in the commercial trip limit and the recreational bag limit are in response to the increase in the annual catch limit.

Black sea bass
Regulations for black sea bass will be effective on August 12, 2016.

  • Increase the recreational bag limit for black sea bass from five to seven fish per person per day.

Yellowtail Snapper
Regulations for yellowtail snapper will be effective on August 12, 2016.

  • Change the yellowtail snapper fishing year start date for both the commercial and recreational sectors from January 1 to August 1, each year. Changing the start of the fishing year to August 1 will benefit both sectors because it will ensure harvest is open during the winter months when yellowtail snapper obtains a higher price per pound commercially, and during peak tourist season in south Florida where the majority of yellowtail snapper harvest takes place.

More Information
For more information, including electronic copies of Amendment 25 and Frequently Asked Questions may be obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Web site:
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2015/reg_am25/index.html.

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

FB16-048


Release: Immediate
Date: July 1, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

One species reclassified in 2016 Stock Status Report

MOREHEAD CITY — The stock status of most coastal fish did not change in the 2016 Stock Status Report, released today by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Only one species was reclassified from the 2015 report.

Summer flounder moved from “viable” to “concern.” The change was based on a 2015 National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center benchmark stock assessment for U.S. waters north of Cape Hatteras. The assessment indicated the stock was not overfished but overfishing was occurring.

As a result of the stock assessment, federal fisheries authorities lowered the allowable biological catch by 29 percent, which lowered the state-by-state commercial quotas proportionately. North Carolina receives the highest commercial quota share at 27.4 percent.

The division annually classifies the status of important marine finfish, shellfish, shrimp and crabs as viable, recovering, concern, depleted or unknown. Definitions of these categories can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/stock-status-categories-and-definitions.

The annual classifications are based on biological and statistical data from the prior year and serve as a barometer of the overall health of the state’s fishery resources. They are used to prioritize development of state fishery management plans.

New this year, the online table that summarizes the report includes information about which fisheries management authorities manage the stock in parenthesis under each species name.

The complete 2016 Stock Status Report can be found on the division’s website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/stock-status-reports.

For more information, contact division Fisheries Biologist Lee Paramore at 252-473-5734, ext. 222 or Lee.Paramore@ncdenr.gov

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