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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Sept. 15 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

New oyster regulations lower commercial
trip limit for some license holders

MOREHEAD CITY — New oyster harvest regulations going into effect this year lower the daily commercial trip limit for Shellfish License holders.

Harvest of oysters by hand methods from public water bottom will open at sunrise Oct. 15. Those who hold appropriate commercial fishing licenses may harvest oysters between sunrise and sunset, Monday through Friday each week.

For those fishing under a commercial Shellfish License, the harvest limit will be reduced to two bushels per person, with a maximum of four bushels per vessel. The daily hand harvest limits for Standard Commercial Fishing License holders will remain unchanged, unless they are part of a combined commercial operation with the Shellfish License holder.

If a Shellfish License holder is part of a combined commercial operation with a Standard Commercial Fishing License holder, the combined fishing operation will be limited to seven bushels per day.
The Marine Fisheries Commission adopted the changes in February as part of Amendment 4 to the Oyster Fishery Management Plan.
Possession limits for those who hold a standard commercial fishing license with a shellfish endorsement differ between water bodies. Fishermen should see Proclamation SF-4-2017 for specific regulations.

No license is required for hand harvest of oysters for personal consumption, but the oysters may not be sold without a commercial license. Recreational hand harvest is allowed sunrise to sunset seven days a week. The harvest limit is one bushel of oysters per person per day or two bushels per vessel per day if more than one person is on a boat.

The minimum size limit is 3-inches shell length.

Some waters may temporarily close to shellfish harvesting due to high bacteria levels associated with rainfall and stormwater runoff. Fishermen should check here for shellfish closures. Fishermen should continue to frequently check for shellfish closures throughout the year, particularly after heavy rains. They may also call the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries at 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 to check for closures.

For more information about this year’s oyster season, contact Tina Moore, biologist supervisor with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8082 or Tina.Moore@ncdenr.gov.

For more information about shellfish safety, contact Shannon Jenkins, the division’s Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality section chief, at 252-808-8148 or Shannon.Jenkins@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Sept. 7, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Bill Register named Marine Fisheries Officer of the Year

MOREHEAD CITY — If you ask Bill Register, he’ll tell you he doesn’t like the limelight, so he is a little bashful that his colleagues nominated him for Marine Fisheries Enforcement Officer of the Year.

“It makes me feel good that they think a lot of me,” Register said, “But me, myself, I don’t think I’ve done anything more to get it – I see other guys I think do more.”

Nevertheless, Register will receive the award Sept. 9 at the 54th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet in Cary. And there will be accolades for the many things he has done.

A former Navy Seal, Register was instrumental in developing and implementing a water survival course for Marine Patrol, N.C. Wildlife and N.C. Marine Fisheries employees. But he is humble about this contribution.

“It was a joint effort for all of us,” Register said.

He has taught other courses, too, such as cold weather shooting and firearms training. He has assisted other instructors with training new hires in pepper spray use, and he has taught several annual in-service training sessions.

When he is not training, he is patrolling the heavily-fished coastal waters of New Hanover County, enforcing size and creel limits and other fishing regulations, monitoring polluted areas and nursery areas for illegal activity, and performing dealer and license inspections and boating safety inspections.

Register said it is one of the best law enforcement jobs you can have because 90 percent of it is proactively educating the public.

“We get to talk to people who are happy to see us,” Register said. “Even if we have to issue someone a citation, it’s usually pretty good encounters.”

When he is not working, this self-professed family man likes to spend time with his wife, Jeannette, and two sons, Jared and Jason. And there is where his modesty ends.

“Both my kids, I’m super proud of,” Register said.

Jared, 18, is going into the Air Force. Jason, 12, has done well in tae kwon do.

Originally from Wilmington, Register graduated from Hoggard High School in 1991. He was active duty in the Navy from 1991 to 2001, and a Navy Seal for the final eight of those years.

He worked with the Wilmington Police Department for three years before joining Marine Patrol in January 2004. He began as a patrol officer in the Surf City area, but his duties moved to New Hanover County in 2008.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation presents its Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards annually to individuals, associations, businesses and others who have exhibited unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina.

Contact Register at 910-796-7220 or William.Register@ncdenr.gov. Download photos of Register here.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Sept. 5, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission members get new,
state email addresses

MOREHEAD CITY — Members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission have new, state email addresses.

A new state law requires commission members to use official state email accounts for all electronic communications related to Marine Fisheries Commission work. Members of the public should use the new email address for all marine fisheries related communications.

Correspondence to and from these email addresses is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.

The new email addresses are:

Sammy Corbett, chair: s.corbett.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Chuck Laughridge, vice chair: c.laughridge.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Mark Gorges: m.gorges.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Janet Rose: j.rose.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Mike Wicker: m.wicker.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Brad Koury: b.koury.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Alison Willis: a.willis.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Rick Smith: r.smith.mfc@ncdenr.gov

Marine Fisheries Commission contact information is kept updated at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/north-carolina-marine-fisheries-commission.

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

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Sept. 1, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Region 4 Strategic Habitat Area Advisory Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY – The Region 4 Strategic Habitat Area Advisory Committee to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will meet at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office, 127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington.

The committee will review draft results of strategic habitat areas in the southeastern coastal waters of the state.

A full agenda can be found here .

Strategic habitat areas (also called strategic coastal habitats) are locations of individual fish habitats or systems of habitats that provide exceptional habitat functions or are particularly at risk due to imminent threats, vulnerability or rarity. The N.C. Coastal Habitat Protection Plan calls for the state to identify strategic habitat areas so that agencies can focus non-regulatory conservation and restoration efforts on them.

For more information, contact Anne Deaton with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section at 910-796-7311 or Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov .

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