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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 7, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Marine Fisheries Commission to meet
November 16-18 in Kitty Hawk

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 16-18 at Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk.

Public comment periods will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 and 9 a.m. Nov. 17. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Nov. 16 or at the Nov. 17 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18.

The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is noon on Nov. 14. Those who wish to forego this process and 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. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

At this meeting, the commission is scheduled to receive a presentation on a petition for rulemaking from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The petition asks the commission to designate all coastal fishing waters not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.

Other agenda items include:

  • Possible recommendations that state lawmakers change the criteria for receiving a standard commercial fishing license in North Carolina. A Standard Commercial Fishing License is the main license required for a fisherman to sell his catch. The commission will consider recommending that the state limit this license to full-time commercial fishermen and create part-time and heritage commercial fishing licenses for other purposes.
  • Consideration of a proclamation that prohibits using gill nets within 200 feet of any dock, bulkhead or shoreline structure in Currituck Sound between Martins Point and the Wright Memorial Bridge. The proclamation is meant to resolve a conflict between homeowners and fishermen in this area.
  • A presentation on a genetics study of striped bass in the Central Southern Management Area of the state.
  • An update on the Collaborative Shrimp Trawl Gear Study.

A full meeting agenda and briefing book can be found here.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 7, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

State certifies new record cubera snapper, first record rainbow runner

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record cubera snapper and the first state record rainbow runner.

Randal Harmon of Morehead City caught the cubera snapper on Sept. 28 while fishing off Atlantic Beach on the Capt. Stacy headboat.

The fish weighed 58 pounds, topping the previous state record by 11 pounds, 8 ounces. The previous state record was caught in the Atlantic Ocean in 1993. The world record cubera snapper weighed 124 pounds, 12 ounces and was caught off of Louisiana in 2007.

The fish measured 39 inches total length (tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a 34-inch girth. Harmon caught it using cut mackerel on 80-pound test line with a Seastriker 50-pound class rod and Penn 6/0 reel.

A photo of the cubera snapper can be downloaded here.

Bruce Vosburgh of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania caught the rainbow runner on Sept. 12 while fishing at the Manuela wreck on the fishing charter Drumstick out of Ocracoke.

This fish weighed 23 pounds, 13 ounces, and was deemed large enough to establish the first state record rainbow runner.

To establish a state record fish, the angler must submit an application that is then reviewed by N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff and a N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament Advisory Board. The fish must be exceptionally large for North Carolina waters and within a reasonable range of the world record.

The world record rainbow runner weighed 37 pounds, 9 ounces, and was caught off of the west coast of Mexico in 1991.

The new record fish measured 46 inches fork length (tip of the nose to the fork in the tail) and had a 20.5-inch girth. Vosburgh caught the fish using a Williamson Benthos 7-ounce single hook butterfly jig on 80-pound braided test line with a Seastriker Billfisher spin rod and a Penn Spinfisher V 7500 reel.

A photo of the rainbow runner can be downloaded here.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, with the North Carolina Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at 252-808-8081 or Carole.Y.Willis@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: IMMEDIATE
Contact: Sarah Young/Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 2, 2016
Phone: 919-707-8604/252-342-0642

Coastal Management and Marine Fisheries offices closing in Elizabeth City

RALEIGH — The Elizabeth City office of the Divisions of Coastal Management and Marine Fisheries is closing for facility repairs and will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Members of the public seeking a CAMA permit or fishing license may go to the Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office at 943 Washington Square Mall in Washington or call 252-946-6481.

Those seeking a fishing license also may go to the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Manteo Field Office, 1021 Driftwood Drive, Manteo or call 252-473-5734.

Additionally, Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses may be purchased at many sporting goods and bait and tackle shops; online at http://www.ncwildlife.org; or by phone, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 888-248-6834.

Coastal Management and Marine Fisheries staff may be reached through the Washington Office at 252-946-6481 or by email.

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