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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 25, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled for a proposed
shellfish lease in Dare County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on a proposed shellfish lease in Dare County at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Hatteras Village Community Center, 57689 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras.

Brian C. Scall of Hatteras has filed an application to lease 2.96 acres of water bottom and water column near Hatteras Inlet Marsh.

A map of the proposed lease, with the corresponding lease number, can be seen here.

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the meeting or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 11 and should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, 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: Aug. 25, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled for a proposed
shellfish lease in Hyde County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on a proposed shellfish lease in Hyde County at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Ocracoke Watermen’s Exhibit, Community Square Dock, 278 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke.

Devil Shoal Oyster and Clam Company in Ocracoke (Arlene Burley, agent) has applied to lease 4.84 acres of water bottom and water column near Howard Reef.

A map of the proposed lease, with the corresponding lease number, can be seen here.

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the meeting or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 12 and should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, 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
Date: Aug.21, 2017
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission seeks temporary
management changes for estuarine striped bass

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission wants to adopt temporary management measures for estuarine striped bass in most of the central and southern coastal areas of the state.

Last week, the commission voted to ask the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality secretary to authorize it to develop a supplement to the Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan to make temporary management changes in the Central-Southern Management Area, excluding the Cape Fear River system.

Specifically, the commission asked to:

  • Reduce the annual commercial quota from 25,000 pounds to 2,500 pounds;

  • Lower the recreational daily bag limit from 2 fish per day to 1 fish per day; and

  • Increase the recreational size limit to a 24-inch to 26-inch slot. The current minimum size limit is 18 inches with no possession of fish between 22 inches and 27 inches.

State law allows the secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality to authorize the commission to develop temporary management measures to supplement a fishery management plan if he finds it is in the interest of the long-term viability of a fishery. Any temporary management measures adopted in a supplement must be incorporated in the full fishery management plan the next time it is amended and adopted or they will expire.

The commission also decided to delay review of the full Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan, which began this year, to no earlier than 2019. This was made contingent upon approval of a supplement.

Other decisions regarding the fishery management plan schedule were to:

  • Continue review of the Blue Crab plan, currently in process;

  • Begin review of the Southern Flounder plan as soon as the peer reviewed stock assessment is completed, which is expected to be later this year or in early 2018;

  • Begin review of the Shrimp plan as soon as a state study on bycatch reduction devices in the shrimp trawl fishery is completed, but no later than February 2018;

  • Begin review of the Spotted Seatrout plan in 2019;

  • Begin review of the Bay Scallop, River Herring, Interjurisdictional, Kingfishes and Striped Mullet plans in 2020;

  • Accept the Division of Marine Fisheries’ annual update on red drum, which cites an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission red drum stock assessment and management plan, as the formal statutory review of the North Carolina Red Drum plan, and slate a new review of the Red Drum plan for 2022; and

  • Begin review of the Hard Clam and Oyster plans in 2022.

In other business, the commission voted to:

  • Elect Chuck Laughridge as vice chairman; and

  • Make 1,500 Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses available through the Division of Marine Fisheries’ eligibility pool for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

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