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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 26, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled on proposed shellfish leases
in Onslow County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on a proposed shellfish lease in Onslow County at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the North Topsail Beach Town Center, 2008 Loggerhead Court, North Topsail Beach.

Keith B. Walls has applied to lease approximately 3.77 acres near Permuda Island Bay for a shellfish bottom lease and water column lease.

A map of the proposed lease is available here.

The public may comment on the proposed lease at the meeting or in writing until 5 p.m. Aug. 7. Written comments should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

For more information, contact Michael Graven, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8061 or Michael.Graven@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 26, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled on proposed shellfish leases
in New Hanover County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on a proposed shellfish lease in New Hanover County at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Wilmington Regional Office, 127 Cardinal Drive Ext., Wilmington.

James M. Hargrove has applied to lease approximately 1.05 acres near Hewlett’s Creek for a shellfish bottom lease and water column lease.

A map of the proposed lease is available here.

The public may comment on the proposed lease at the meeting or in writing until 5 p.m. Aug. 9. Written comments should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

For more information, contact Michael Graven, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8061 or Michael.Graven@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 20, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Grant money available for transient
recreational boating facilities

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant, or BIG, Program for federal fiscal year 2018.

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 DMF to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient boat 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 for proposals that 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 for a Tier 1 grant and up to $1.5 million for a Tier 2 grant.

For information about grant availability, project eligibility, and proposal development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website BIG Grant Program page or contact Vicky Pohoresky, division federal aid coordinator 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 pm Monday. Electronic submission to Vicky.Pohoresky@ncdenr.gov is required.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: SAFMC
Date: July 20, 2017
Phone: 843-571-4366

Red Snapper Q&A Session and Public Hearings
Public Scoping for Atlantic Cobia

Webinars Scheduled

Please mark your calendar now to take advantage of a series of webinars scheduled by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council in August. The Council will solicit public input on management measures affecting red snapper and Atlantic cobia in federal waters.

Red SnapperQ&A and Public Hearings via Webinar Amendment 43 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan
 
This amendment would modify the current annual catch limit for red snapper in the South Atlantic. The Council proposes the modification in order to allow options for a limited harvest of red snapper in federal waters in 2018.

Webinar Schedule:

  • August 3rd - Informal Question & Answer Session at 6:00 p.m.
  • August 8th - Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m.
  • August 10th - Public Hearings at 10:00 AM and 6:00 p.m.

Atlantic Cobia - Public Scoping via Webinar Amendment 31 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan

  • August 15th - Public Scoping via Webinar at 6:00 p.m.*

*A second presentation and comment opportunity will be repeated at 7:00 p.m. or later, depending on the end time of the first comment session.

The Council is soliciting public input on options for the management of Atlantic cobia (Ga. to N.Y.). The recreational fishery for Atlantic cobia was closed in federal waters earlier this year after NOAA Fisheries determined the annual catch limit would be met. Options currently in the amendment include continuing efforts to develop a complementary plan with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) or the complete transfer of Atlantic cobia management to the ASMFC. The Council is considering options to allow additional flexibility for managing the fishery.

Note that webinar registration is required. Written comments will also be accepted. Additional information, including webinar registration, online public comment forms, comment deadlines, and public hearing and scoping documents are being posted on the Council's website at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/public-hearing-and-scoping-meeting-schedule/ as they become available.

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