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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021
Date: Aug. 12, 2011

Fisheries Advisory Committee Meetings to be Rescheduled

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and Marine Fisheries Commission have cancelled several advisory committee meetings that were scheduled this month.

The meetings are being rescheduled due to the postponement of this week’s Marine Fisheries Commission meeting. The Marine Fisheries Commission is now scheduled to meet Aug. 30-Sept.1.

The cancelled advisory committee meetings are:   

  • Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee, scheduled for Aug. 23 in Washington;
  • Finfish Advisory Committee, scheduled for Aug. 24 in Washington;
  • Northeast Regional Advisory Committee, scheduled for Aug. 25 in Edenton;
  • Central Regional Advisory Committee, scheduled for Aug. 30 in Washington;
  • Southeast Regional Advisory Committee, scheduled for Aug. 31 in Wilmington;
  • Inland Regional Advisory Committee, scheduled for Sept. 1 in Raleigh.

The rescheduled meeting dates, times and locations will be announced later.

For more information, contact Nancy Fish in the Marine Fisheries Commission office at (252) 808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Kim Iverson
Phone: 866-SAFMC-10 or 843-571-4366
Date: Aug. 10, 2011

Annual Catch Limits, Removal of Deepwater Closure and Other Measures
Approved by Council for Federally Managed Fisheries in South Atlantic

Members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council met in a special one-day session to review and approve measures to set Annual Catch Limits (in pounds or numbers of fish) for several popular species, including dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, and species in the Snapper Grouper management complex. Allocations between commercial and recreational fishermen were also addressed. Under the amended Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, catch limits must be implemented by the end of 2011 that will prevent overfishing from occurring. The limits are based on recommendations by the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee. Accountability Measures (AMs), such as specification of catch targets, in-season regulation changes, post-season regulations that may include “payback” of overages from the previous year if the stock is overfished, and other management measures may be implemented if Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) are exceeded.

The Council approved the Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment in a split vote of eight to five for submission to the Secretary of Commerce during its meeting. The amendment would set ACLs for species in the Snapper Grouper management complex not undergoing overfishing, including scamp grouper, yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper and greater amberjack, and establish allocations between commercial and recreational fishermen. Allocations are based on previous landings over a period of years. After reviewing public comment, the Council modified the amendment to include management of several species initially slated for removal from the management complex and established additional “groupings” where species with similar characteristics would be grouped and an aggregate ACL applied.

The amendment also sets ACLs, AMs and allocations for dolphin (mahi mahi) and wahoo. The ACL for dolphin would be set at 14,596,216 pounds (whole weight) with an allocation of 7.3% commercial and 92.7% recreational. An ACL of 1,481,785 pounds (whole weight) would be set for wahoo, with a 4.3% commercial allocation and a 95.7% recreational allocation. If the ACL is exceeded, the following year’s landings would be monitored in-season to see if there is a continued increase in landings. If so, NOAA Fisheries would publish a notice to reduce the length of the fishing season as necessary to ensure the ACL is not exceeded.

In addition, the sale of bag limit caught dolphin would be prohibited, including dolphin caught by for-hire (charter) fishermen. The bag limit sale of wahoo is currently prohibited. The amendment would also extend the current minimum size limit of 20 inches (fork length) for dolphin off the east coast of Florida and Georgia northward to include South Carolina. No changes are proposed to bag limits or size limits currently in place for dolphin or wahoo.

 The amendment also establishes a new recreational allocation of 5% for wreckfish, a deepwater species historically harvested by commercial fishermen under an Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) system. The ACL for wreckfish was reduced from the previous Total Allowable Catch of 2 million pounds to an ACL of 250,000 pounds (whole weight).

ACLs and AMs for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia are addressed in a separate amendment to the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 18, developed jointly by the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico fishery management councils and approved for Secretarial review at the meeting, would establish an ACL for Atlantic Migratory Group king mackerel of 10.46 million pounds, a slight increase from the current allowable catch of 10 million pounds. The amendment sets an allocation 62.9% recreational and 37.1% commercial. For Spanish mackerel, the ACL of 5.69 million pounds represents a decrease from the current allowance of 7.04 million pounds.

For cobia, the amendment establishes a separate migratory group between the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic defined by the jurisdictional boundary between the two councils near the Florida Keys, and sets a new allocation at 92% recreational and 8% commercial. The ACL for cobia would be set at 1,571,399 pounds. The amendment would not change the current recreational bag or size limits in place for king mackerel, Spanish mackerel or cobia.

Deepwater Closure
The Council also approved Regulatory Amendment 11 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for Secretarial review to eliminate a current restriction on possession or harvest of some deepwater snapper grouper species in waters greater than 240 feet in depth. The regulation was implemented in January 2011 to help protect speckled hind and warsaw grouper. The Council approved the amendment after considering public testimony on the economic impacts of the restriction along with new data indicating the closure may not effectively minimize bycatch. The Council will continue to explore options to help protect specked hind and warsaw grouper when it meets again in September.

Each amendment approved by the Council must be reviewed by the Secretary of Commerce before measures are implemented. It is the Council’s intent to have these measures in place by the end of 2011.

The next meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is scheduled for September 12-16, 2011 in Charleston, S.C. Details, including the meeting agenda and briefing book materials will be posted as they become available at www.safmc.net.
 
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, one of eight regional councils, conserves and manages fish stocks from three to 200 miles offshore of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida.


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021 or (252) 342-0642
Date: Aug. 10, 2011

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Rescheduled

MOREHEAD CITY – A N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission meeting has been rescheduled for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

The meeting, originally slated for this week at the same location, was postponed Tuesday evening after the commission chairman learned there would not be a quorum.

Agenda items include a review of public input received about allowing an Atlantic Ocean striped bass commercial hook-and-line fishery. The commission is also slated to decide how it wants to manage the ocean striped bass fishery for the upcoming season.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries held five meetings in different regions of the coast and in Raleigh to receive public comment on this idea. The commission directed the division to examine a commercial hook-and-line fishery for ocean-caught striped bass to help avoid waste after reviewing incidents of dead discards of striped bass in the ocean trawl fishery this winter.

Also scheduled is a review of management options for ending overfishing within two years of adoption of the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. The commission will be asked to vote to send these options out for public input.

A new law passed last year requires all fishery management plans to end overfishing within two years of final adoption. A draft Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan that was developed prior to passage of the law and tentatively approved in November, does not meet this criteria.

The meeting begins with a public comment session at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. Anyone who wishes to speak to the commission on a fisheries-related matter may do so then or at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 31. Due to time constraints, the commission chairman asks individuals to speak only once, either on Aug. 30 or on Aug. 31, but not during both public comment periods.

The business session of the meeting begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 and 8:30 a.m.  Sept. 1.

A full revised meeting agenda is attached.

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