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Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 14, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Fishermen May Be Asked About Their Fishing

MOREHEAD CITY — Commercial fishermen who fish the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds may be getting a call in the coming months for a survey being conducted by the N.C Division of Marine Fisheries.

The division will survey approximately 400 fishermen between now and June 2013 to find out information on fishing habits, perceptions, income, expenditures and demographics. The information gathered in the survey will be used in fishery management plans as well as to develop economic impact models and to help fisheries managers make informed decisions on various fisheries topics.

Fishermen will be asked questions on species commonly targeted, business structure, average trip and annual fishing expenses, demographic information such as education, age, and household income, as well as opinions on conflict with other fishermen and water users, fisheries regulation and community reliance on commercial fishing.

Individual answers to questions will be kept strictly confidential; however the results from all participants will be combined and included in a written report that will be made available to anyone interested in commercial fishing within this survey area.

A fisherman who receives such a call can verify that the person calling is a Division of Marine Fisheries employee by asking the caller to verify his or her personal identification number. This number is located on the bottom left corner of all North Carolina Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses.

For the survey results to be truly representative of those who fish the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, it is very important and highly appreciated that fishermen participate in the survey and answer as many questions as possible. The results of such surveys are taken very seriously and are often used by the division and the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to guide them in making rules that affect fishing activities within the survey area.

For more information, contact John Hadley, division socio-economics program manager, at 252-808-8107 or John.Hadley@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Jan. 9, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Bay Scallop Season to Open in Bogue Sound and Waters South of Bogue Sound

MOREHEAD CITY — Bay scallop season will open later this month in Bogue Sound and all internal coastal waters south of Bogue Sound to the South Carolina state line.

It is the first time these waters have opened since 2005, when there were no reported landings.

North Carolina has had limited bay scallop harvest since 2006, after landings fell so low the state closed all waters to bay scallop harvest. Afterward, the state prohibited the harvest of bay scallops until 2009, when the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission amended the state’s Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan to allow specific water bodies to reopen to bay scallop harvest for specified periods when scallop numbers reach specific predetermined levels.

Biological sampling in Bogue Sound this year found that bay scallop numbers were sufficient to allow harvesting, and under the current fishery management plan, waters south of Bogue Sound can open when it does.

Waters in other parts of the state did not reach those predetermined numbers and will not open to bay scallop harvest this year.

The Bogue Sound season will open at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 and close at 4 p.m. April 1.

During this time, commercial harvest will be allowed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday of each week. Commercial fishermen may harvest 10 bushels per person per day, not to exceed 20 bushels per vessel, regardless of the number of licensed fishermen working together on a vessel.
 
Recreational harvest will be allowed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each week. Recreational fishermen may harvest a limit of one bushel per person per day, not to exceed one bushel if two or more fishermen are working from one vessel.

Recreational harvest limits cannot be combined with commercial harvest limits.

Scallops may be taken by hand, with hand rakes, hand tongs, dip nets and scoops. Dredging will not be allowed.

For specific regulations, see Proclamation SC-1-2013 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

For more information, contact Tina Moore, with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8082 or Tina.Moore@ncdenr.gov.

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