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Marine Fisheries - MFC Audio February 2015

Marine Fisheries

Intracoastal Wetlands - Fairfield NC

Marine Fisheries Commission Business Meeting
Hilton Riverside, Wilmington, N.C.
Feb. 18-20, 2015

Audio Presentations

The following are audio files in .mp3 format, recorded at the recent Division of Marine Fisheries public meeting. These audio files are compatible with multimedia applications such as iTunes, Windows Media Player or RealPlayer (etc.); click on filename to listen to audio now. To download, you may right click on the hyperlink of the audio files to save to your hard drive to listen to later.

Public Meeting
Receive public comment relative to any fisheries management issues


Call to Order   
Invocation   
Conflict of Interest Reminder
Roll Call
Vote on Approval of Agenda
Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes


Public Comment
Receive public comment relative to any fisheries management issues


Chairman’s Report

Review administrative actions and issues from the chair

  • Letters
  • Advisory Committee Appointments
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2015 Meeting Schedule Reminder

Issues from Commissioners


Committee Reports
Review and consideration of action items from committee meetings

  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License – Louis Daniel
  • Oyster and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plans

Rulemaking Update and Fishery Management Plan Final Approval– Catherine Blum

  • 2014/2015 Rulemaking Cycle
    Review public comment, vote on final rules and approval of final fishery management plans.
    • Review of Hearings and Public Comment
    • Vote on Final Approval of the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 and Associated Permanent Rules
    • Vote on Final Approval of the N.C. Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 and Associated Permanent Rules
    • Vote on Final Approval of the River Herring Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 and Associated Permanent Rules
    • Other Rules

- For-Hire Licensing and Logbooks
- Ocean Pier Licensing Changes
- User Conflict Rule Relocation
- Queens Creek Coordinate Correction and Brunswick County Canal Name Change


Rule Suspensions – Kathy Rawls
The commission must vote to continue suspension of the following rules:

  • Vote on Rule Suspension for Portions of 15A NCAC 03M .0519 Management of shad
  • Vote on Rules Suspension for Portions of 15A NCAC 03Q .0107 Management of shad

Fishery Management Plans – Catherine Blum

  • Status of Ongoing Plans
  • Vote on sending the Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 Forward for Rulemaking

Petition for Declaratory Ruling / Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel Addendum III
The commission must vote to grant or deny consideration of a petition for a declaratory ruling from American Eel Farm, LLC and the Division of Marine Fisheries regarding 15A NCAC 03M .0510.

  • Declaratory Ruling Process Overview – Phillip Reynolds
  • Presentation of Request – Louis Daniel
    • Vote to Grant or Deny Consideration of the Merits of the Petition

Stakeholder Workgroup / Bycatch Reduction Device Testing Update – Kevin Brown


Southern Flounder Stock Assessment – Will Smith and Tom Wadsworth (Presentation)
Southern Flounder Stock Assessment part 2 – Louis Daniel


Sheepshead Management – Stephen Taylor (Presentation)


FY 2015/2016 Initiative Development – Louis Daniel


N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Update – Lauren Morris



Director's Report - Louis Daniel

Reports and updates on recent Division of Marine Fisheries activities

  • Legislative Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Quota Update
  • Landings Updates
    • Southern Flounder
    • Red Drum
    • Oyster

Protected Resources Update - Chris Batsavage

  • Observer Program
  • Incidental Take Permit Updates

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update –  Chris Batsavage


South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Michelle Duval


Highly Migratory Species  – Randy Gregory


Informational Materials

  • Rule Suspension Notices and Cobia Update/No Action Required
  • Making Proclamations Easier to Understand
  • Minimum Size of Effective Sanctuaries
  • Average Trips and Weight of Red Drum
  • Personal Consumption Survey

Issues from Commissioners


Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for Upcoming Meeting – Nancy Fish

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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