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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 18, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Govoni leads Marine Fisheries Administrative Service Office

MOREHEAD CITY — When Beth Govoni took the lead of the Administrative Service Office at the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, it was a natural progression from the job she had been doing.

As the division’s grants program manager, she had already worked with the budget officers in every section of the agency – even the Maintenance Services and Marine Fisheries Commission sections deal with grants.

“I’ve touched pretty much everything in this division,” Govoni said.

On July 1, she assumed responsibility for all the division’s budgets as the new Administrative Services Section chief. She replaced Suzanne Guthrie, who retired June 30.

Govoni started with the division in January 2013 as the Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant Project coordinator. In June of 2014, she was promoted to the division’s grants program manager, where she supervised staff of the division’s various grant programs and purchasing and contracts offices.

Prior to coming to Marine Fisheries, Govoni held a variety of financial and administrative jobs, including positions at the North Carolina Ferry Division in Morehead City and at Duke University’s Marine Lab in Beaufort. At Duke, she served as the executive officer of the Duke/University of North Carolina Oceanographic Consortium and the Research Vessel Cape Hatteras. She was responsible for all financial aspects of the ship, including National Science Foundation grants.

Even her move to the division seemed a natural one.

“It was serendipity because I already knew about the Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grants,” Govoni said.

The division had used the Cape Hatteras for its winter tagging cruises (funded by a Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant).

Govoni, 35, grew up in Beaufort and graduated from East Carteret High School in 1999. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Govoni lives in a Carteret County community called The Straits with her husband, Daniel, and 7-year-old son, John Thomas.

Contact Govoni at 252-808-8005 or Beth.Govoni@ncdenr.gov.

Download a high-resolution photo of Govoni here.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Sustainable Fisheries
Date: July 10, 2017
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Closure for Blueline Tilefish in
South Atlantic Federal Waters on July 18, 2017

What / When

  • The commercial harvest of blueline tilefish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m. on July 18, 2017. During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of blueline tilefish is prohibited, and harvest or possession of blueline tilefish in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits while the recreational fishery is open.

Why this is happening:

  • The 2017 commercial catch limit is 87,521 pounds whole weight. Commercial landings are projected to reach the commercial catch limit by July 18, 2017. According to the accountability measure, harvest should close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded. This closure date will provide sufficient notice to fishermen to make preparations for the closure, while minimizing the chance that harvest will exceed the commercial catch limit.

After the closure:

  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.
  • The 2018 commercial fishing season for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic will open on January 1, 2018, with a commercial catch limit of 87,521 pounds whole weight.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6#se50.12.622_1193

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 10, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Changes make annual Stock Status Overview Report
more user friendly, striped mullet reclassified

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has changed its annual Stock Status Overview Report to make it more user friendly and better correspond to stock status determinations at the federal and interstate management levels.

A new webpage design separates state-managed species from those cooperatively managed through a federal or interstate entity. The Division of Marine Fisheries assigned a stock status only to the 14 state-managed marine fisheries stocks. For the remaining 23 stocks, the state defers to the stock status assigned by the principal management agency, including the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Additionally, the Division of Marine Fisheries has redesigned the individual species pages, making them more visual with photographs and color graphics showing fishery landings and abundance trends. The new pages also give life history and updated management summaries.

The Division of Marine Fisheries 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 here.

The annual classifications are based on biological and statistical data from the prior year and describe the overall condition of North Carolina’s state-managed fishery resources.

This year’s Stock Status Overview Report reclassifies one state-managed species. Striped mullet moved from “viable” to “concern” because monitoring triggers established in Amendment 1 to the North Carolina Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan were met. 2016 commercial landings fell below the minimum landings threshold established in the plan. Also, Division of Marine Fisheries sampling surveys showed low striped mullet abundance.

Under the striped mullet plan’s guidelines, the division will review striped mullet data in more detail to determine what factors are responsible for this decline and to decide if management action is needed.

No other state-managed species were reclassified, but the status of red drum, currently listed as “recovering,” is now based on a new regional stock assessment which indicates that the stock continues to meet or exceed the management targets set forth in Amendment 1 to the North Carolina Red Drum Fishery Management Plan.

The complete 2016 Stock Status Overview Report can be found here. The stock condition of overfished and overfishing, if known for a state-managed species, is highlighted in the comments column of the state-managed species table. A stock is overfished when the population size is too small. Overfishing occurs when the removal rate of fish is too high.

For more information, contact division Fisheries Management Section Chief Kathy Rawls at 252-808-8074 or Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.gov.

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