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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 3, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission to meet in Kitty Hawk

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 15-16 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16.

A public comment period will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 15. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. No other public comment period is slated for this meeting.

The deadline for submitting written comments, including email, to the commission through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, is 8 a.m. Nov. 13. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment period 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 here. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

The commission is slated to vote on recommendations for the 2018 recreational cobia season. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently approved an Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia that complements federal regulations for state waters from Georgia to New York. It sets 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.

The commission is also scheduled to recommend a slate of names to the Governor’s Office for nomination to at-large seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; vote to send nominations for Region 4 Strategic Habitat Area for public and advisory committee comments; and adopt an implementation plan for the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.

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

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 2, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public hearing scheduled on proposed
shellfish leases in Pender County

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on a proposed shellfish lease in Pender County at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Surf City Visitor’s Center, 102 North Shore Drive, Surf City.

Michael Boyd of Hampstead has applied for a water column amendment to his existing 1.17-acre bottom lease (Number 1843986) near Topsail Sound in Surf City Inlet.

A map of the proposed lease, with corresponding lease number, can be found here.

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the meeting or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection during office hours at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

For more information, contact Michael Graven, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8061 or Michael.Graven@ncdenr.gov.

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

Marine Fisheries collecting red snapper carcasses
during mini-season to help with future stock assessments

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will collect red snapper carcasses from recreational fishermen during the upcoming mini-season to help federal officials better assess the population and health of red snapper.

The division has set up freezers at 20 locations along the coast where fishermen can take their carcasses. In return, the angler will receive a citation (certificate) from the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

For a map of these locations, go here.

Fishermen should leave the head and tail intact on the fish carcass. Instructions on how to deposit the carcasses are posted on each freezer. Anglers will be asked to give information related to how and when the fish was caught. Fishermen also will be asked for their names and addresses to receive their reward and citation.

Division biologists will measure the fish, determine the sex, if possible, and remove the otoliths (ear bones) to determine the fish’s age. The information collected will be provided to the National Marine Fisheries Service for use in future red snapper stock assessments. Stock assessments rely on a variety of information, including biological data, to provide an understanding of a species’ population.

The 2017 recreational red snapper season will open for two, three-day weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12 with a one-fish bag limit and no size limit.

A commercial mini-season will open Nov. 2 with a 75-pound gutted weight trip limit. It will close Dec. 31 or when the commercial quota is met (whichever comes first). Division biologists will obtain data from commercially-caught red snapper at the fish houses. Commercially-caught carcasses should not be left in the freezers listed above.

For more specific information on the mini season, go here for commercial regulations and here for recreational regulations. To read the National Marine Fisheries Service bulletin on the mini season, go here.

For more information on this red snapper carcass collection program, go here, or contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov.

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