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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Date: Feb. 10, 2012

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Set for Morehead City

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Feb. 22-24 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St. Morehead City.

The meeting is open to the public.

The commission is slated to consider recommendations from a Committee to Define a Commercial Fisherman.

The committee recommended changes in eligibility requirements for renewing a standard commercial fishing license for those with no documented landings. The committee also recommended developing an apprenticeship program as a qualification for obtaining a Standard Commercial Fishing License through the state’s eligibility pool and eliminating the $25 commercial shellfish license.

The commission is also expected to select its preferred management actions for Amendment 2 to the N.C. Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan. The draft plan will then be sent to the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations for review and comment.

A 2011 Division of Marine Fisheries Blue Crab Stock Assessment determined that the stock is not overfished, but it is unknown if overfishing is occurring.

The draft amendment proposes adoption of adaptive management measures whereby stricter regulations would be implemented in the blue crab fishery if certain biological triggers are unfavorable for three consecutive years. These adaptive management measures use several biological surveys and sampling programs to determine the relative abundance of adult crabs in the population, the abundance of young crabs in the population, and various production indictors for the spawning stock each year.

Additionally, the commission will hear an update on the National Marine Fisheries Service decision to list Atlantic sturgeon as an endangered species and the possible impacts that could have to North Carolina fishermen.

The meeting begins with a public comment session at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Anyone who wishes to speak to the commission on a fisheries-related matter may do so then or at the start of the business meeting Feb. 23. Due to time constraints, the commission chairman asks individuals to speak only once, either Feb. 22 or Feb. 23, but not during both public comment periods.

The business sessions of the meeting begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 and 8:30 a.m. Feb. 24.

The meeting agenda is attached. The 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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Release: Immediate
Contact: Susan Gerhart
Phone: 727 824-5305, FAX 727 824-5308
Date: Feb. 3, 2012
Email: Susan.Gerhart@noaa.gov

 

NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comment on a Draft Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement for Spiny Lobster in the
Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic

Comment Period Ends March 19, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 11 to the Fishery Management Plan for Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of the draft environmental impact statement on February 3, 2012.

The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) are currently considering regulatory action needed to address actions to protect threatened and endangered species, including closing areas to protect elkhorn and staghorn corals and requiring trap lines to have markings unique to the fishery. These actions were originally included in Amendment 10 to the fishery management plan; however, the Councils chose to take no action at that time to allow for additional stakeholder input. The draft environmental impact statement analyzes the environmental impacts of these proposed actions.

Request for Comments
Written comments on this draft environmental impact statement must be received no later than March 19, 2012, in order to be considered by NOAA Fisheries Service. See the Addresses section for information on where and how to submit comments.

Addresses
Electronic copies of the draft amendment and environmental impact statement may be obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Service Web site http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/SpinyLobsterAmendment.htm, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal http://www.regulation.gov, the Gulf Council's Web site http://www.gulfcouncil.org, or the South Atlantic Council’s Web site athttp://www.safmc.net.
 
You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

• Electronic Submissions: All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted to www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NOAA Fisheries Service will accept anonymous comments. To submit comments through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov, click on "submit a comment," then enter "NOAA-NMFS-2011-0223" in the keyword search and click on "search." To view posted comments during the comment period, enter "NOAA-NMFS-2011-0223" in the keyword search and click on "search." You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

• Mail: Susan Gerhart, NOAA Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505

Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.

If you would like to receive these fishery bulletins via e-mail as soon as they are published, email us at: SERO.Communications.Comments@noaa.gov.

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