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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 11, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

State will hold meetings regarding new flounder reporting requirements
for pound net fishermen

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

The meetings will be held as follows:

Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.
Dare County Center Multipurpose Room
950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo

Aug. 24 at 6 p.m.
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City

Beginning Sept. 1, the Division of Marine Fisheries will require fishermen who hold pound net permits and are participating in the pound net flounder fishery to report their flounder landings to the division daily.

The division needs daily reporting of flounder landings to manage the quota adopted by the Marine Fisheries Commission through Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The supplement, approved in November 2015, requires a commercial pound net quota that reduces pound net flounder landings by 38 percent from the average 2011 to 2015 landings.

Shares of the pound net flounder quota will be allocated to six designated Pound Net Quota Monitoring Groups. Once the quota allotted to a group is met, the commercial flounder season will close for that group. Pound net fishermen will still be allowed to fish for and land other species from the nets.

The commercial flounder gig season will close when the quota is met for all six management groups.

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

The daily reporting requirement does not affect the requirement for monthly reporting by seafood dealers. The daily landings reports will be used to manage the flounder pound net quota. They will be periodically crossed-checked with trip tickets, as with other quota managed species.

For more information, contact Kathy Rawls with the Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-808-8074 or Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 8, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Aug. 17-19 in Raleigh

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 17-19 at the Doubletree by Hilton University Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

Public comment periods will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 and 9 a.m. Aug. 18. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Aug. 17 or Aug. 18 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 18 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 19.

The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is noon on Aug. 16. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment periods should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.

The public may listen to the meeting on the Internet. 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 . Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

Agenda items include:

  • Approval of a $21,412 grant from its Conservation Fund for a genetic study of striped bass from the Central/Southern management area.
  • Setting the number of Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses to make available in an Eligibility Pool for the upcoming year.
  • Presentations on 2015 commercial and recreational landings and the 2016 Stock Status Report.
  • An update on a meeting between Division of Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources Commission staff regarding management of striped bass in the Central/Southern management area.
  • Approval of its annual schedule for Fishery Management Plan reviews.
  • Approval of an annual report on the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
  • Beginning the rulemaking process for a slate of 15 proposed rules to:
    • Implement the Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 and Oyster Fishery Management Plan Amendment 4;
    • Establish the Permit for Weekend Trawling for Live Shrimp;
    • Relocate a 2003 requirement for a permit for dealers transacting in spiny dogfish from proclamation into rule;
    • Increase penalties for gear larceny;
    • Correct a coordinate in a boundary for Wade Creek;
    • Clarify license requirements for leaseholder designees;
    • Re-establish a rule delegating proclamation authority to the fisheries director to specify time, area, means and methods, season, size, and quantity of spotted seatrout harvested in North Carolina to allow for continued management  under the North Carolina Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan due to an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission plan to remove spotted seatrout from its managed species.
    • Modify the fisheries director’s proclamation authority for the protection of public health;
    • Align the method of commencement of proceedings to suspend or revoke a fishing license, permit, or certificate with other similar administrative proceedings by the division and commission.

A full meeting agenda and 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.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 8, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

Dean Nelson to lead Marine Patrol

MOREHEAD CITY — Dean Nelson is the new colonel of the North Carolina Marine Patrol, and it is not a job he takes lightly.

With 21 years of experience with Marine Patrol, he knows the responsibilities that come with it.

“We’ve got the best group of officers that anyone could lead,” Nelson told family and co-workers attending his pinning ceremony Friday. “We’re going to meet every challenge that comes before us.”

Nelson, who most recently held the position of Marine Patrol major, began his new duties Aug. 1, replacing former Marine Patrol Colonel Jim Kelley, who retired July 31.

Nelson received his golden eagle wings Friday at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries headquarters in Morehead City. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Braxton Davis praised Nelson’s extensive knowledge of marine fisheries rules and processes.

“I think you would all agree he has earned the utmost respect from everyone in the division over the years,” Davis said. “His natural-born leadership abilities will allow him to guide the Marine Patrol in the right direction for many years to come.”

One of Nelson’s first priorities as colonel will be to review all Marine Patrol policies and make sure officers in all three districts are following the enforcement guidelines.

“My goal is to ensure consistent and fair enforcement throughout the state for all citizens,” Nelson said.

He also wants to make sure the officers work together as a team. He plans to form cross-district workgroups to look at different issues as they arise.

Nelson began his career with Marine Patrol in June 1995 in the Southern District, where he was a field officer in the Sneads Ferry area. In 1999, he transferred to the Central District, where he patrolled the Down East communities of Carteret County. He was promoted to sergeant in August 2011 and to major in May 2014.

Prior to coming to Marine Patrol, he was a deputy with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department from 1991 to 1995.

Nelson was born and raised in Harkers Island. He graduated from East Carteret High School in 1984 and received his Basic Law Enforcement Training certificate from Carteret Community College in 1990.

He lives in the Carteret County community of Davis with his wife, Amy. He has two grown children, Michaela Nelson of Otway and Mason Nelson, a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, currently posted at Seymour Johnson Airforce Base. He also has one grandson, Easton Willis, 4, of Otway.

Nelson may be reached for comment at 252-808-8130 or at Forrest.Nelson@ncdenr.gov. Download high resolution photographs of Nelson and the pinning ceremony here.

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