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Release: Immediate
Date: August 20, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission to Meet in Raleigh Aug. 28-30

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 28-30 at the Double Tree by Hilton Raleigh – Brownstone – University Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 28, 9 a.m. Aug. 29 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 30 and is open to the public.

The commission is scheduled to vote to grant or deny a petition for rulemaking that proposes reclassifying most internal coastal waters as secondary nursery areas. The effect of the proposed rule would be to halt shrimp and crab trawling in North Carolina inshore waters.

More than 700 people attended a July 30 meeting when four advisory committees to the commission discussed this petition. All four committees voted to recommend the commission deny the petition.

The commission is also slated to consider a second petition for rulemaking that seeks to prohibit the use of commercial fishing gear and certain types of recreational fishing gear on and around the Oriental Artificial Reef in the Neuse River.

Other agenda items include:

  • An update on the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. The plan, adopted in February 2012, included a provision for implementing stricter regulations in February 2014, if needed, to reduce the daily recreational bag limit to three fish per person, implement a Dec. 15-Jan. 31 recreational closure, reduce the commercial trip limit to 25 fish and eliminate commercial closures.
  • An update on the Division of Marine Fisheries’ application for an incidental take permit for sea turtles in the gill net fishery. The September opening of the Pamlico Sound Gill Net Restricted Area will depend upon receipt of this permit.
  • Approval of a five-year schedule for fishery management plan reviews. The Division of Marine Fisheries will propose a one-year delay in the review of the N.C. Red Drum Fishery Management Plan, from July 2014 to July 2015, so that it may use the results of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southeast Data, Assessment and Review stock assessment slated for 2015.

The commission will take public comment on any fisheries issue at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and at 9 a.m. Aug. 29. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Aug. 28 or Aug. 29 session, but not 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-meetings.

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

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Release: Immediate
Date: August 15, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Announces Second Year of Red Snapper
Carcass Collection Program

MOREHEAD CITY – For the second year, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will collect red snapper carcasses from recreational fishermen during the upcoming red snapper mini-season, Aug. 23-25.

The division has set up freezers at eight locations along the coast where fishermen can take their carcasses. In return, the angler will receive a limited edition fishing towel and a citation (certificate) from the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

The freezers are located at:

Hurricane Fleet
9975 Nance St.
Calabash

Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Beach
Ocean Isle Beach

Carolina Beach Fishing Center
313 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach

Tex’s Tackle
215 Old Eastwood Road
Wilmington

Dudley’s Marina
106 Cedar Point Blvd.
Swansboro

Capt. Stacy Fishing Center
415 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach

Carolina Princess Fishing Center
604 Evans St.
Morehead City

Oden’s Dock
57878 N.C. 12
Hatteras

 

For a map of these locations, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/snapper/freezer-locations.

Fishermen should leave the head and tail intact on the fish carcass. Instructions on how to deposit the carcasses are posted on each freezer. Anglers will be asked to give information related to how and when the fish was caught. Fishermen also will be asked for their names and addresses in order to receive their reward and citation.
 
Division biologists will measure the fish, determine the sex, if possible, and remove the otoliths (ear bones) to determine the fish’s age. The information collected will be provided to the National Marine Fisheries Service for use in an upcoming red snapper stock assessment.

The recreational red snapper season will open at Aug. 23-25 for one three-day weekend. There will be a one-fish bag limit and no size limit.

A commercial mini-season will open Aug. 26 and close when the commercial quota is met. Division biologists will obtain data from commercially-caught red snapper at the fish houses. Commercially-caught carcasses should not be left in the freezers listed above.

For specific information on commercial and recreational harvest limits, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-ff-41-2013. To read the National Marine Fisheries Service bulletin on the subject, go to http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2013/fb13-070_sa_rs_2013_season_data_collection.pdf.

For more information on this red snapper carcass collection program, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/snapper/red-snapper-collection or contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov.

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