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Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 14, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Available Through Live Webcast

MOREHEAD CITY — Can’t make it to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission in Raleigh this week? How about listening to it over the Internet?

For the first time, the Marine Fisheries Commission will offer a live webcast of its Aug. 20-22 meeting. Up to 200 participants can listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis.

Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online.

A Wednesday night public comment period will begin with an informal question-and-answer session at 6 p.m. The commission will hold a more formal public comment period at 6:30 p.m.

Public comment will not be allowed from webcast participants.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday and at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

An agenda for the meeting can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/aug-2014-briefing-book.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Aug. 14, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Scheduled

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 20-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone University, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

A Wednesday night public comment period will begin with an informal question and answer session at 6 p.m. Aug. 20. Commission members and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries staff will be available to answer questions from the public. Afterward, the commission will hold a more formal public comment period at 6:30 p.m.

Deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, email or otherwise, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Those who wish to give handouts to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 and at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22.

The commission is scheduled to:

  • Approve text and fiscal impact analysis for a slate of proposed rules to go to public hearing. The proposed rules include regulations to implement amendments to the state Shrimp, River Herring and Bay Scallop fishery management plans and Addendum III to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel. Additional changes are proposed for ocean pier licensing and for-hire licensing and logbooks.
  • Review a new Albemarle/Roanoke Striped Bass Stock Assessment.
  • Review a draft amendment to the Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan and vote to send it out for public comment.
  • Review Strategic Habitat Area Nominations for Region 3 and vote to send this report out for public comment.
  • Discuss issues pertaining to the 2014-2015 commercial red drum season.

A full meeting agenda and meeting briefing book can be found on the division’s website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/aug-2014-briefing-book.

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: Aug. 1, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Certifies New State Record African Pompano

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record African pompano.

Toby Grantham, of Knightdale, reeled in the 46-pound fish May 11 while fishing off Atlantic Beach.

The catch bests the previous state record of 40 pounds, 10 ounces, caught off Southport in 2003. The world record African Pompano weighed 50 pounds, 8 ounces and was caught off Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1990.

Grantham’s fish measured 47.5 inches total length (from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and 43.5 inches fork length (from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail). Its girth measured 35 inches.

He caught the fish using a MC Works 536 HS rod and Shimano Stella 10000 SWB reel with a vertical jig lure on 60-pound test line.

Grantham will receive a certificate and be listed on the Division of Marine Fisheries website as the state African pompano record holder.

Grantham also holds the state record for scamp for a 27-pound, 1-ounce fish he caught off Atlantic Beach in 2012.

For more information, contact Carole Willis, the state Division of Marine Fisheries’ sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or carole.y.willis@ncdenr.gov.

Download a photo of Grantham and his catch at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/08-2014-record-pompano.

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