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Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 6, 2015
Contact: NOAA Fisheries Service — Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: 727-824-5305

Recreational Harvest of Golden Tilefish in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on August 11, 2015

Recreational harvest of golden tilefish in South Atlantic federal waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on August 11, 2015. Recreational harvest in federal waters will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. The recreational annual catch limit for golden tilefish is 3,019 fish. Reports indicate that landings have exceeded the 2015 annual catch limit for the recreational sector for golden tilefish.

During the closure:

  • Recreational harvest or possession of golden tilefish is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels which have a valid charter/headboat permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.

This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper fishery.

FB15-057


Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 6, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission meeting scheduled for Aug. 19-21 in Raleigh

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 19-21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone University Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

Public comment periods will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 9 a.m. Aug. 20. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Aug. 19 or Aug. 20 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21.

The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, email or otherwise, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Those who wish to give handouts to the commission during the public comment periods should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.

The commission will offer a live webcast of the meeting. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online.

At this meeting, the commission is scheduled to select and approve management measures for Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1. The discussion is slated for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21.

In May, the commission chose six potential management proposals to take out for public review. The six options range in impacts to different fisheries and gears. They can be found at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/southern-flounder-current-topic.

Approved management measures could be implemented for this fall.

The commission is also scheduled to:

  • Receive a presentation on the the 2015 Stock Status Report;
  • Hear an update on adaptive management triggers for the blue crab fishery;
  • Vote to post draft information updates for the Interjurisdictional and Kingfish fishery management plans on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website for public review.
  • Approve a five-year fishery management plan schedule.

A meeting agenda and a full briefing book can be found at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings.

For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

nr-32-2015


Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 3, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public comments sought on proposed rules for gill nets,
mechanical oyster harvest

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is accepting public comments on proposed rule changes pertaining to gill nets and mechanical oyster harvesting.

The commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule changes at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City.

The public may also comment on the proposed rules in writing to Catherine Blum, Rulemaking Coordinator, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557 or send comments by email to Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov or fax to 252-726-0254. The public comment period will close at 5 p.m. Oct. 2.

Gill Nets
Two proposed rule changes impacting gill nets would implement Amendment 1 to the N.C. Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan.

The first proposal would amend the Marine Fisheries Commission rule 15A NCAC 03J .0103 to establish one of the same restrictions for runaround or non-stationary gill nets as already exist for anchored gill nets. The change is meant to address user conflicts between gill net fishermen and shoreline residents and recreational hook-and-line fishermen in smaller coastal creeks by prohibiting non-stationary gill nets from blocking more than two-thirds of a water body or interfering with navigation or other traditional uses of the area.

The second proposal would amend rule 15A NCAC 03R .0112 to remove the Newport River Trawl Net Prohibited Area as a small mesh gill net attendance area, making attendance requirements consistent with similar areas of the state.

Mechanical Oyster Harvesting
The third proposed rule amends the existing rule for mechanical methods for oyster harvesting (15A NCAC 03R .0108) to clarify that it only applies to internal coastal waters, not the Atlantic Ocean.

The Marine Fisheries Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposed rules at its Nov. 18-20 meeting. It is anticipated the rules would become effective April 1, 2016.

For more information on the proposed rules, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-proposed-rules-links or contact Blum at 252-808-8014 or Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov.

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