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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 4, 2015
Contact: Chris Batsavage
Phone: 252-808-8009

Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Nov. 18-20 in Nags Head

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 18-20 at Jennette’s Pier, 7223 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head.

Public comment periods will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and 9 a.m. Nov. 19. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Nov. 18 or Nov. 19 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 20.

The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. Nov. 12. People who wish to 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 .

The commission is scheduled to select and approve management measures for Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1. This action was postponed from its August business meeting. The commission previously took six potential management proposals out for public review that range in impacts to different fisheries and fishing gears, such as gill nets, pound nets and gigs. The supplement and the proposals can be found at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/southern-flounder-current-topic.

The commission is also scheduled to:

  • Discuss criteria for the Standard Commercial Fishing License. Many criteria are set in law and need legislative approval for change.
  • Give final approval to an amendment to the Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan and associated rules.
  • Receive a presentation on amendments to the Oyster and Hard Clam fishery management plans and vote to send the plans out for public review.
  • Give final approval to information updates for the Interjurisdictional and Kingfish fishery management plans.
  • Receive a presentation on an update to the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan and vote to send the plan out for public review.

A meeting agenda and a full 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
Date: Nov. 4, 2015
Contact: Chris Batsavage
Phone: 252-808-8009

Waters in Pamlico Sound and northern Core Sound close to
anchored, large-mesh gill nets

MOREHEAD CITY — Waters in the Pamlico Sound and the northern portion of Core Sound will close to anchored, large-mesh gill nets starting one hour after sunrise on Thursday morning due to interactions with sea turtles.

The closure impacts Management Unit B under the state’s Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit, which includes all of Pamlico Sound and the northern portion of Core Sound down to a line from Club House on Core Banks to a point on the shore at Davis near Marker 1.

Staff with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff have observed numerous interactions with sea turtles in the management unit since it reopened Nov. 2. The closure is meant to avoid exceeding the allowed number of sea turtle interactions for the management unit.

For more specifics on open and closed areas, see Proclamation M-25-2015 at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

North Carolina’s estuarine gill net fishery is managed under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon, issued to the state by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The permits require observer coverage. The permits authorize limited interactions with these species, listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, as part of conservation plans that divide the state’s internal coastal waters into six management units. These units are closely monitored for interactions with sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon. An annual number of allowed interactions with each species is assigned to each gear type in each management unit. If the number of interactions is approached, the management unit must close for the remainder of the season or year.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage, the division’s Protected Resources Section chief, at 252-808-8009 or 252-241-2995 or Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 3, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues.

Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – and the Sea Turtle Advisory Committee review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans, and recommend management strategies. Committees may also bring issues pertaining to their region or subject matter to the commission’s attention.

The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints members to these committees for three-year terms, and several terms will expire in January.

To be qualified to serve on a committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years.

Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once every two months and actively participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

Adviser applications are available online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees, at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Dec. 15 to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Nancy Fish.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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