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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 28, 2020
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Marine Fisheries Standard Commercial
Fishing License Eligibility Board to meet

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board will meet by teleconference at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20.

The public may listen to the meeting through a conference call line by dialing 704-342-9998.

To avoid disrupting the meeting, members of the public are asked to mute themselves and not announce their names when they call.
The board will consider applications that are deemed complete and were submitted by Sept. 30.

The board meets two to three times a year to consider license applications. For directions on applying for a commercial fishing license, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/commercial-fishing-license-information and click on the Eligibility Pool Application link.

For more information on the meeting, contact division License Eligibility Clerk Ann Bordeaux-Nixon at 910-796-7261 or Ann.Bordeaux-Nixon@ncdenr.gov.

WHO: Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board
WHAT: Teleconference Meeting to Consider License Applications
WHEN: Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Call in to 704-342-9998
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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith or Jodie Owen
Date: Aug. 28, 2020
Phone: 252-726-7021 or 919-707-0187

Division of Marine Fisheries, Wildlife Resources Commission
release striped bass stock reports

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this week released two recently completed striped bass assessment reports.

The Albemarle Sound-Roanoke River benchmark assessment and the Central Southern Management Area Stock Report are posted on the Division of Marine Fisheries and the Wildlife Resources Commission websites. These reports represent a joint effort between the two agencies, and a working group of stock assessment modelers, university researchers, and fishery biologists, to review the best available data and develop analyses to assess the current condition of the North Carolina striped bass stocks.

The Albemarle Sound-Roanoke River benchmark assessment indicates the striped bass resource is overfished and overfishing is occurring. This is a change from the stock status for these waters in a 2014 assessment that indicated the stock was not overfished and overfishing was not occurring.

The change in stock status is likely due to a period of low recruitment (the number of age-1 fish joining the population each year from 2002 to 2017) combined with overfishing. The decline in recruitment is not solely due to fishing. Environmental factors, such as river flow, water quality, and blue catfish (an invasive species) may be impacting spawning success and need further study.

Following a rigorous external peer review process, the assessment has been approved for use for management purposes.

There is no stock status determination for the Central Southern Management Area, comprised of the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, and Cape Fear rivers. Continuous stocking efforts and lack of natural recruitment in these waters prevent the use of traditional stock assessment techniques. The Central Southern Management Area Stock Report is a collective documentation of all the data collected, all management efforts, and all major analyses completed for these river stocks.

The report also serves as a record of completed research efforts with implications for fishery management and as a guide for future research based on results and identified data gaps. It evaluates the likelihood of successful population rebuilding under various simulations of stocking and fishery management strategies such as different harvest levels and size limits. Tagging studies in the Cape Fear River showed a consistent decline in striped bass abundance estimates from 2012 to 2018 despite a no possession regulation since 2008.

The Division of Marine Fisheries and the Wildlife Resources Commission are reviewing the data to determine what management measures should be implemented for 2021.
Additionally, the Division of Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources Commission are developing Amendment 2 to the N.C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. A scoping period to solicit public comments on potential management strategies will occur later this fall.

For more information, contact Charlton Godwin, with the Division of Marine Fisheries, or Jeremy McCargo with the Wildlife Resources Commission.

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