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Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 12, 2015
Contact: Ladd Bayliss, N.C. Coastal Federation
Phone: 252-473-1607
Email: laddb@nccoast.org

Commercial Fishermen Needed to Remove Marine Debris

MANTEO — The North Carolina Coastal Federation is currently accepting applications for its annual Derelict Fishing Gear Recovery Project. This project is open to commercial fishermen in northeastern North Carolina

Watermen are accepted to this program annually to help N.C. Marine Patrol on select days during the "no-potting" period, typically from Jan. 15 - Feb. 7. The collection will take place in selected areas of Marine Patrol's District 1, which includes the Northern coast from the Virginia state line, Manteo to Swanquarter, including the Outer Banks to Ocracoke. Local fishermen with knowledge of these waters will be given preference.

To qualify, fishermen must adhere to the following conditions: (1) have a valid Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL), (2) guarantee availability for work during the weeks of Jan. 18 and Jan. 25, 2016, (3) attend a mandatory training session to learn how to use project equipment (side-scan sonar and data collection tablets), as well as general project protocol.

Payment is $400 per boat, per day, and a captain and one mate is required. Three days of work are guaranteed with acceptance to the program. Approximately 12 boats (12 captains and 12 mates) will be accepted for the 2016 cleanup.

Funded by the NOAA Marine Debris Program, this project is intended to improve habitat and water quality, as well as support commercial watermen. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Applications are available at www.nccoast.org/crab and can be mailed to 128 Grenville Street, Manteo, NC 27954 or faxed to 252-473-2402. For more information contact Ladd Bayliss at 252-473-1607 or laddb@nccoast.org.


Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 12, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State seeks applicants for For-Hire Stakeholder Advisory Group

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking members for a For-Hire Stakeholder Advisory Group.

The group will be tasked with studying whether the state should require charter and guide boat operators to submit logbooks summarizing their catch. The division is required to submit findings of the study to the N.C. General Assembly in January.

The Division of Marine Fisheries is no longer considering a requirement for a for-hire logbook at this time. However, the group will be asked for input as to what type of logbook, if any, they might like to see in the future.

By law, the For-Hire Stakeholder Advisory Group is limited to those people who hold a For-Hire Coastal Recreational Fishing License or a Standard Commercial Fishing License and division staff. The membership should represent all major recreational fishing areas on the North Carolina coast.

Those who would like to serve on the stakeholder group should contact Don Hesselman, License and Statistics Section chief with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8099 or Don.Hesselman@ncdenr.gov by 5 p.m. Oct. 19.

As the timeframe for the study is short, the division has tentatively scheduled a first meeting for Nov. 10. The location and time of this meeting will be announced later.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Oct. 1, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Fishermen asked to prepare for Hurricane Joaquin

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking fishermen to prepare their vessels and fishing gear for Hurricane Joaquin.

As of 8 a.m. Hurricane Joaquin was centered near the Bahamas with sustained winds of 120 mph, a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is probable that the storm will impact North Carolina waters in the next few days.

Fishermen should begin to remove their fishing gear from the water well ahead of the storm. Crab pots and gill nets, especially, are prone to damage and displacement during storms.

Additionally, vessel owners should check their safety equipment to ensure all is in working order and begin to remove their boats from the water or take them to safe harbor. Fishermen should monitor NOAA Weather radio for storm updates and channel 16 on their marine radios for U.S. Coast Guard emergency broadcasts.

Information about other hurricane preparations, as well as a free mobile app, can be found on the state Emergency Management website at www.ReadyNC.org.

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