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News Release Archives: July 2018
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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 27, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Blue Crab committee meeting scheduled

MOREHEAD CITY — The Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee will meet Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

The committee is assisting the Division of Marine Fisheries with development of Amendment 3 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan and is scheduled to discuss criteria used to designate Diamondback Terrapin Management Areas.

For a full agenda, click here.

For more information, contact Catherine Blum at Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov or 252-808-8014 or Jason Rock at Jason.Rock@ncdenr.gov or 252-946-6481 or 252-808-8091.

WHO: Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
WHAT: Development of Amendment 3 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan
WHEN: Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall
Washington

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 25, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

Changes to fisheries annual report changes terminology
to reflect stock assessment determinations

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is continuing efforts to better explain the health of the state’s fisheries by tying its annual stock overview report to terminology commonly used in peer reviewed stock assessments.

In this year’s report, the division no longer assigns fish stocks to one of the five former categories: viable, recovering, depleted, concern, and unknown. Instead, the stock status for a species is tied directly to the most recent peer reviewed stock assessment determination of overfishing and overfished/depleted.

Assigning species stock status to one of the former five categories had become increasingly difficult over time because definitions of the terms overlapped, and stock conditions were often in transition. Tying the stock status determinations to peer reviewed stock assessments removes subjectivity. For species that do not have an overfishing/overfished status, the report still documents trends in biological data and summarizes management.

It is the second consecutive year that the division has substantially changed the stock overview. Last year, the division altered the format of the report to clarify the role the state plays in management of each species, separating state-managed species from those cooperatively managed through a federal or interstate entity.

Three state managed species warrant notation in this year’s stock overview:

Blue crab — Results of the 2018 benchmark stock assessment indicate the blue crab stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring. This assessment passed peer review and the model was accepted for use in management. The division is developing Amendment 3 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan in conjunction with an advisory committee.

Striped mullet — 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 below the 1.13 million pound minimum to 964,348 pounds, triggering the analysis. A 2018 update of the state’s 2013 striped mullet stock assessment found that overfishing is not occurring; however, it cannot be determined if the stock is overfished. The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will discuss potential management options at its August meeting.

Southern flounder — A January 2018 stock assessment of southern flounder in the south Atlantic indicated that the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring. This assessment passed peer review, and the model was accepted for use in management with the condition that it be updated with information through 2017 so management is based on the most current data available. The update is underway and expected to be complete this fall. The division is developing Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan in conjunction with an advisory committee.

For more information, read the entire 2018 Stock Overview and read this month’s Division of Marine Fisheries INSIGHT newsletter or contact Division Biologist Lee Paramore at Lee.Paramore@ncdenr.gov or 252-473-5734.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: July 25, 2018
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Artificial Reef Program to unveil
four-year reef enhancement plan at meetings

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program will hold four public meetings in August to provide information and solicit public comment on a proposed four-year artificial reef enhancement plan. At each meeting, the Artificial Reef Program will be seeking partners for regional reef enhancement projects.

An artificial reef is a manmade underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom. In North Carolina, they serve as crucial spawning and foraging habitat for many commercially and recreationally important fish species.

The division maintains 43 ocean artificial reefs, located from one-half mile to 38 miles from shore and situated so that they can be reached from every maintained inlet in the state.

Interested parties may speak at any of the below meetings or submit comments through email to Jordan Byrum, artificial reef coordinator, at Jordan.Byrum@ncdenr.gov. The deadline for public comment is Aug. 24.

The meeting dates and locations are:

WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program
WHAT: Public meeting on artificial reef four-year enhancement plan
WHEN: Aug. 6 at 6 p.m..
WHERE:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh – Brownstone – University
1707 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh
WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program
WHAT: Public meeting on artificial reef four-year enhancement plan
WHEN: July 26 at 2 p.m.
WHERE:
Ocracoke Community Center
999 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program
WHAT: Public meeting on artificial reef four-year enhancement plan
WHEN: Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Wilmington Regional Office
127 Cardinal Drive
Wilmington
WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program
WHAT: Public meeting on artificial reef four-year enhancement plan
WHEN: Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’
Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West
Morehead City

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