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Release: Immediate
Date: Dec. 18, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Arrest Made in Crab Pot Thefts

MOREHEAD CITY — An eight-month Marine Patrol investigation into crab pot thefts in the Pasquotank River ended in the arrest of a Chowan County man this week.

The case began in April, when commercial fisherman Ut Huynh of Shiloh reported he was missing 50 crab pots he had set in the Pasquotank River. During the next few weeks, Marine Patrol Officer Brian Deanes searched for the stolen crab pots, without success.

Again in August, an employee of Ut Huynh’s reported another 85 crab pots stolen from the Pasquotank River. This time, when Deanes and Marine Patrol Officer Dwayne Whealton searched, they found crab pots that matched the description of those belonging to Huynh’s stolen pots marked as belonging to T. Hollowell.

The pots had been repainted and sections of the buoys had been cut off. The markers on the buoys led Marine Patrol to serve a search warrant and search the home of Travis Wade Hollowell in Tyner, where they found the missing buoy sections engraved with Huynh’s boat registration numbers.

Marine Patrol issued warrants against Hollowell in Camden County, charging him with felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny and injuring/ destroying/stealing crab pot buoys; and in Chowan County, charging him with felony possession of stolen goods/property, misdemeanor possession of stolen goods/property and injuring/destroying/stealing crab pot buoys.

Hollowell, 30, was arrested Sunday by the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office and served with the outstanding warrants. He was released from jail on an $8,000 secured bond and awaits his next court appearance, scheduled for tomorrow.

In all, Marine Patrol officers recovered 78 pots identified as stolen. The pots had a value of $2,410.

Hollowell was also charged on an unrelated warrant in Chowan County for dealing in crabs without a dealer’s license. Further charges are pending.

For more information, call Capt. Donovan Twyne at 252-473-5734 or Donovan.Twyne@ncdenr.gov.

nr-68-2014


Release: Immediate
Date: Dec. 10, 2014
Contact: Tina Berger
Phone: 703-842-0740

NOAA Fisheries is Conducting a Voluntary Survey of Individuals
Who Have Harvested River Herring

This fall and through the end of January, NOAA Fisheries is conducting a voluntary survey of individuals who have harvested river herring (alewives and blueback herring) commercially, recreationally, or for personal use at any point in time over the past 20 years. The goal of this survey is to gather first-hand observations to inform our understanding of alewife and blueback population trends and help our efforts to restore these fish populations along the U.S. east coast. Commercial, recreational, and personal use harvesters have detailed knowledge of the fish in their local areas, such as changes in fish run timing, distribution, and individual fish size and species composition. NOAA wants to document some of this local knowledge in order to better understand river herring and their habitat.

NOAA intends to use the information obtained from this survey to cross-reference scientifically collected data to better understand trends and changes in river herring populations coast-wide. This information can help NOAA identify opportunities for additional research and restoration.

Learn more: http://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/stories/2014/surveykickoffonRiverHerringinaugust.html

To learn more about the survey or to participate, please contact Dan Kircheis (dan.kircheis@noaa.gov) or Julia Beaty (julia.beaty@maine.edu, 207-866-7262).


Release: Immediate
Date: Dec. 8, 2014
Contact: Karla Gore
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Actions to Modify Catch Limits for Snapper-Grouper Species and Gray Triggerfish Management Measures

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 29). NOAA Fisheries is also seeking public comment on the proposed rule to implement the management measures in the amendment. Amendment 29 proposes to:

  • Update the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) acceptable biological catch control rule for determining catch levels of unassessed species.
  • Adjust the acceptable biological catch value for 14 unassessed snapper-grouper species.
  • Revise the annual catch limits for three species complexes and four snapper-grouper species.
  • Establish a minimum size limit for gray triggerfish in federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia for both the commercial and recreational sectors.
  • Revise the commercial and recreational minimum size limit for gray triggerfish off the east coast of Florida.
  • Establish a commercial split season for gray triggerfish.
  • Establish commercial trip limits for gray triggerfish.

The Council has submitted Amendment 29 to NOAA Fisheries for review, approval, and implementation. The Notice of Availability for Amendment 29 published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2014 (79 FR 69819), and the comment period ends on January 23, 2015. The proposed rule published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2014 (79 FR 72567) and the comment period ends on January 7, 2015. All comments specifically directed toward the amendment or the rule will be addressed in the final rule.

For more information on Amendment 29, please visit the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office Web site at:
http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/am29/index.html. An electronic version of the amendment and proposed rule is available at that Web site or from the e-rulemaking portal, www.regulations.gov.

How to Submit Comments
You may submit comments by the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0132 click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
     
  • Mail: NOAA Fisheries
    Southeast Regional Office
    Sustainable Fisheries Division
    c/o Karla Gore
    263 13th Avenue South
    St. Petersburg, FL 3370-5505

NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.

More Information
For more information on Amendment 29, please click on this link to the Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/am29/index.html. This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

This announcement is forwarded as a courtesy of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

Relevant copies are also posted on the Council's website at www.safmc.net.

FB14-095


Release: Immediate
Date: Dec. 4, 2014
Contact: NOAA
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of the Porgy Complex in
South Atlantic Waters Will Close on December 9, 2014

Commercial harvest of the porgy complex in South Atlantic waters will close, at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 9, 2014. The porgy complex is comprised of the following species: jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup, and saucereye porgy. Reports indicate that landings are approaching the 2014 commercial sector catch limit of 36,348 pounds whole weight. Recreational harvest of the porgy complex in South Atlantic waters closed on September 17, 2014 (79 FR 55658). Commercial and recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2015.

The operator of a vessel with a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper that is landing porgies for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such porgies prior to 12:01 a.m. local time, December 9, 2014. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of porgies that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. local time, December 9, 2014, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of porgies in or from federal waters is prohibited.
  • Sale and purchase of porgies in or from federal waters is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for a person onboard a vessel with a federal snapper-grouper permit.
  • This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.

FB14-093


Release: Immediate
Date: Dec. 3, 2014
Contact: NOAA
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Cobia in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on December 11, 2014

Commercial harvest of cobia in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) December 11, 2014. The 2014 commercial catch limit is 125,712 pounds whole weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by December 11, 2014. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2015.

The operator of a vessel that is landing cobia for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such cobia prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, December 11, 2014. The prohibition on sale and purchase does not apply to the sale or purchase of cobia that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) December 11, 2014, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

This closure is necessary to protect the cobia resource.

FB14-092

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