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News Release Archives: November 2017
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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 28, 2017
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, scientists and other interested parties to sit on various fisheries advisory committees.

Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans. Committees may also bring fisheries 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 qualify to serve on a committee, applicants must 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 who complete the necessary paperwork will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

Adviser applications are available online here or at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Jan. 2, 2018 by email to Craig.Alley@ncdenr.gov or by mail to: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Craig Alley.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Sustainable Fisheries
Date: Nov. 27, 2017
Phone: 727-824-5305

Recreational reopening of red snapper in south
Atlantic Federal waters on December 8, 9 and 10, 2017

What/when
The recreational harvest of red snapper in South Atlantic federal waters will reopen for three days in December 2017. Recreational harvest will reopen 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 8, 2017, and close 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017. During the three-day reopening, the recreational bag limit for red snapper is one fish per person per day with no minimum size limit.

Why this reopening is happenging
Recreational harvest of red snapper was allowed for six days in November 2017. The 2017 recreational catch limit for red snapper is 29,656 fish. As of November 16, 2017, preliminary estimates of recreational harvest indicate that the catch limit has not been caught, likely due to inclement weather. Harvest projections show that an additional three-day opening for red snapper by the recreational sector would not result in harvest exceeding the 2017 recreational catch limit.

After the reopening
Recreational harvest of red snapper is closed for the remaining part of 2017 beginning at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 20, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission goes forward
with plan for no recreational cobia season closure

MOREHEAD CITY — North Carolina will put forward a three-year plan for recreational vessel limits for cobia that does not include a closed season.

The Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to propose management measures for 2018-2020 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission as follows:

  • One fish per person, not to exceed four fish per vessel, for charter boats.
  • One fish per person, not to exceed two fish per vessel, for private boats.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which is an interstate board with federal authority to manage migratory fish in state waters on the East Coast, recently approved an Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia for state waters from Georgia to New York. The interstate plan complements federal regulations, setting a recreational bag limit of one-fish per person and a minimum size limit of 36 inches fork length. It also sets state-specific recreational harvest targets that allow individual states to set vessel limits (up to six fish per vessel) and seasons to best suit their needs.

States are required to submit an implementation plan to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for approval, and management measures are required to be in place by April 1. Should the proposed plan not meet technical review, revised measures will need to be submitted.

The commission also asked the Division of Marine Fisheries to study developing a mandatory reporting program for recreational cobia catch.

In other business, the Marine Fisheries Commission voted to:

  • Recommend to the Governor’s Office Anna Beckwith, Robert Lorenz and Tom Roller as nominations for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council at-large seat.
  • Recommend to the Governor’s Office Sara Winslow, Roger Rulifson and Joseph Smith as nominations for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at-large seat.
  • Send the draft Region 4 Strategic Habitat Area report out for public comment at advisory committee meetings.
  • Approve the 2018-2020 Biennial Implementation Plan to the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
  • Ask the Division of Marine Fisheries to study reporting issues concerning finfish landings that are caught with a Standard Commercial Fishing License and not sold, and to report to the commission in February with proposals for resolutions of the issues.
  • Ask the chairman to appoint a committee of commission members to develop a definition of a commercial fisherman, with staff support from the Division of Marine Fisheries, and to update the commission at its February meeting.
  • Send a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council highlighting the importance of the summer flounder fishery in North Carolina and requesting that proposed management concerning quota allocation include a broad range of options that considers the historic fisheries of the member states.

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