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Contact: Tina Berger
Phone: 703-842-0740
Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 16, 2012

ASMFC Spiny Dogfish Board Approves Addendum IV

Addendum Updates Overfishing Definitions Consistent with the Federal Plan


Alexandria, Va. — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Spiny Dogfish and Coastal Sharks Management Board has approved Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Dogfish. The Addendum updates the definition of overfishing consistent with that of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and provides the Board the flexibility to update or modify the management program’s overfishing definition through Board action based on the recommendations of its Technical Committee.

The prior overfishing definition, adopted in 2002, was based on the number of pups per female that recruit to the stock. The updated definition will now be based on maximum sustainable yield or a reasonable proxy, consistent with the best available science. Although there are no immediate impacts in regulations, the change allows the Commission and Council to work from the same starting point when determining annual specifications.

The Board considered modifying the management program's 5 percent rollover provision to either preclude rollovers entirely without specific Board approval or to allow rollovers beyond the current 5 percent maximum with Board approval. The Board voted to maintain the 5 percent maximum rollover. Any rollover is predicated on a rebuilt stock.

These changes do not require any modifications to current regulations and become effective immediately. The updated overfishing definition will be used when determining the 2013/2014 spiny dogfish quota; Board action is scheduled to occur at the Commission's Annual Meeting in October.

The Addendum can be obtained at http://www.asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/dogfish/fmps/spinyDogfishAddendumIV_August2012.pdf. For more information, please contact Danielle Chesky, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at dchesky@asmfc.org or 703-842-0740.


Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 15, 2012

Marine Fisheries Commission to Meet in Raleigh

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 22-24 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Raleigh-Brownstone-University, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

The meeting is open to the public.

The commission will hear a presentation on a draft revision to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan and will be asked to send the draft revision out for public comments.

The commission also will discuss potential management options to reduce sea turtle and Atlantic sturgeon interactions in the estuarine gill net fishery. Atlantic sturgeon was listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act on April 6.

Other agenda items include discussion of a draft amendment to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan that updates the document so that it is in line with current regulations under a Sea Turtle Lawsuit Settlement Agreement. The commission plans to also discuss a proposed amendment to the Oyster Fishery Management Plan to create seed oyster management areas at Possum Bay and Swan Point in the mouth of the New River.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 22, 9 a.m. Aug. 23 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 24.

The commission will take public comments on any fisheries issue at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9 a.m. Aug. 23. Additionally, the commission will accept comments relative to whether the state’s fisheries management agencies might be reorganized to provide more efficient, productive and enjoyable uses of the state’s fisheries resources.

The chairman will allow each speaker to talk for five minutes during the Aug. 22 session and three minutes during the Aug. 23 session. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Aug. 22 or Aug. 23 sessions. Individuals will not be allowed to speak during both public comment periods.

A meeting agenda is attached. A full briefing book can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-agendas-briefingbooks-presentations.

For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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Contact: Jason Didden
Phone: 302-526-5254
Email: jdidden@mafmc.org
Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 13, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Council to Host Two-Part Public Listening Session August 14

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) Meeting
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 5:00 pm
Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown, 21 N. Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
And Via the Internet at
http://www.mafmc.org/

Part 1: MAFMC Strategic Planning- Purpose, Process, and Expected Outcomes
On Monday, August 13, the Council’s Visioning and Strategic Planning Working Group will convene for the first in a series of meetings to develop a 10-year strategic plan. Since the public has asked a number of questions and expressed an interest in the strategic planning process, Council staff will present a strategic planning overview during the August 14 listening session and will answer some of the most frequently asked questions such as:

  • Why does the Council need a strategic plan when the legal mandates of the Magnuson-Stevens Act provide very specific guidelines for fisheries management?
  • What kinds of changes could occur as a result of the strategic plan?
  • What role will the Stakeholder Input Report play in the planning process, and how will the concerns and interests of stakeholders be taken in to consideration?

Attend the listening session and get the answers to these questions and more!

Part 2: Meet John Bullard, the New NMFS Regional Administrator
John K. Bullard, former mayor of New Bedford, began work August 6 as the new Regional Administrator of NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office. John will spend much of his time over the next several months meeting with stakeholders and asking two key questions:

  • What are your one or two most important issues?
  • What would success look like related to fisheries in the Northeast Region?

During this informal listening session, Mr. Bullard will be available to hear your answers to these questions and answer any questions that you may have for him.

You can attend in person in Philadelphia or via the internet. For online webinar access register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/836113225 or just click this link at the time of the meeting.

Please contact Jason Didden at jdidden@mafmc.org or 302-526-5254 if you have any questions regarding the listening session process or if you would like to confirm that your computer is set up to access the webinar. The webinar works for most computers, but sometimes there are technical problems with remote voice communication from online participants. In such cases, participants may still use a chat feature in the webinar to submit their comments or questions.


Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 7, 2012

Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board to Meet

MOREHEAD CITY — The Commercial License Eligibility Board Committee to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will meet at 10 a.m., Sept. 12 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City.

The board will consider applications for standard commercial fishing licenses that are submitted and deemed complete by Aug. 24.

The board meets two to three times per year to consider license applications. Directions for applying for a commercial fishing license can be found on the division website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=7d59f4cb-5b8b-41fb-9c04-8e3c7615627d&groupId=38337 .

For more information, contact division license clerk Cristy Giddens at 910-796-7261 or Cristy.Giddens@ncdenr.gov.

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Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Release: Immediate
Date:  Aug. 2, 2012

Public Comment Sought on Reorganization of Fisheries Agencies

MOREHEAD CITY — State officials are looking for ideas from the public on how three different agencies can cooperatively provide more efficient, productive and enjoyable uses of the state's fisheries resources.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will accept comments on this subject at its August meeting in Raleigh on behalf of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Legislation passed and signed into law this summer directs these agencies to study the current organization of the state’s fisheries management agencies and whether these agencies should be reorganized.

Currently, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries manages coastal fish species while the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission manages inland fish species.

The commission will take public comment at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 and 9 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Brownstone Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

The chairman will allow each commenter to speak for five minutes during the Aug. 22 session and three minutes during the Aug. 23 session. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Aug. 22 or Aug. 23 sessions. Individuals will not be allowed to speak during both public comment periods.

The Wildlife Resources Commission will also receive public comment on these issues during its Aug. 29 committee meetings at the Wildlife Resources Commission Headquarters Conference Room, 1751 Varsity Drive, N.C. State University Centennial Campus, Raleigh.

Additionally, the agencies will hold two joint meetings in coastal areas for the sole purpose of taking comments on this issue. The meetings are scheduled for:

6 p.m., Sept. 5
Craven County Cooperative Extension Office
300 Industrial Drive, New Bern

6 p.m., Sept 6
Dare County Administration Building
Commissioners Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo

The public may comment in writing online at http://www.ncsenatebill821.org/default.htm or by mail to S821 Comments, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1701. Deadline for receipt of written comments is Sept. 7.

All comments offered on this issue will be presented for joint consideration by all three agencies.

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