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Release: Immediate

Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Dec. 20, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission continues to seek advisers
for blue crab committee

MOREHEAD CITY — The state Marine Fisheries Commission continues to look for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to serve on the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee, and it is reopening the period for submitting applications.

The committee will assist the Division of Marine Fisheries in amending the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan. The commission uses fishery management plans as guides for implementing regulations and other management measures.

Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once a month and participate in the committee process.

Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

For an application, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees, stop by any Division of Marine Fisheries’ office, or call 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632.

Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 20 to C.J. Alley, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Dec. 19, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

New eel pot mesh size regulation takes effect Jan. 1

MOREHEAD CITY — A new regulation for eel pots will go into effect Jan. 1.

The regulation requires eel pots to have a minimum mesh size of ½-inch by ½-inch.

The regulation is required under Addendum III to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for American Eel, approved in August 2013. The addendum increased the minimum size limit for eels, and the gear modification was needed to minimize regulatory discards.

To reduce the financial burden of gear changes on the fishery, the commission allowed a grace period until Jan. 1, 2017 when only a 4-inch by 4-inch escape panel constructed with mesh at least ½-inch by ½-inch was required. As of Jan. 1, escape panels will no longer be required, but they may still be used provided the mesh size of the pot and the escape panel is at lease ½-inch by ½-inch.

For more information on regulations for eel pots, see Rule 15A NCAC 03J. 0301 on page 23 of the Marine Fisheries Commission rulebook here.

For more information, contact Todd Mathes, American eel biologist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-948-3872 or Todd.Mathes@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Dec. 16, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

North Carolina Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee
to meet Dec. 28

MOREHEAD CITY — The North Carolina Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

The committee will consider terms for a memorandum of understanding with the Marine Fisheries Commission; options for spending from the fund, and any additional related issues.

The Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee is charged with deciding how to spend money from a fund receiving partial proceeds from commercial fishing license sales.

In 2014, the N.C. General Assembly approved a fee increase for six commercial fishing licenses. The fee increase began in fiscal year 2015-2016. Under the law, proceeds from the increased fees goes into a Commercial Fishing Resource Fund.

The fund pays for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon under the federal Endangered Species Act. Without the incidental take permits, the state’s gill net fisheries must close.

Any additional money from the fund is to be used for projects to develop and support sustainable commercial fishing in the state. Spending from the fund must be approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Funding Committee, which is made up of six commercial fishing representatives.

The Marine Fisheries Commission has delegated its funding decisions to a Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee comprised of members of the commission holding the three commercial fishing seats.

The meeting is open to the public. An agenda can be found here.

For more information, contact Beth Govoni, Grants Program Manager with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8015 or Beth.Govoni@ncdenr.gov.

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