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Release: Immediate
Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Contact: Kate Michie
Phone: 727-824-5305
Email: Kate.Michie@noaa.gov

Federal Waters Off South Carolina Closed to All Fishing for Brown, White, and Pink Shrimp Through May 31, 2014

Effective February 13, 2014, at 12:01am NOAA Fisheries federal waters off South Carolina are closed to the harvest of brown, pink, and white shrimp through May 31, 2014. South Carolina has closed its territorial waters to all shrimping as well. South Carolina fishery managers requested this closure due to a prolonged period of water temperatures at or below 9°C in the region.

During the federal closure, no person may trawl for brown, pink, or white shrimp in federal waters off South Carolina (closed area). Any vessel trawling in a part of a closed area that is within 25 nautical miles of South Carolina state waters must use trawl nets with a minimum mesh size of four inches or greater. Possession of brown, pink, or white shrimp is prohibited on board a vessel in the closed area unless the vessel is in transit through the area and all nets with a mesh size of less than four inches, as measured between the centers of opposite knots when pulled taut, are stowed below deck. The federal closure will be effective until the ending date of the closure in state waters, and may end earlier based on a request by South Carolina. In no case will the federal closure remain effective after May 31, 2014. NOAA Fisheries will issue a new Fishery Bulletin announcing the re-opening to shrimp harvest in federal waters off South Carolina.

FB14-008


Release: Immediate
Date: Feb. 3, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Still Seeking
Advisers for Clam, Oyster Plans

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is still looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to serve on a Hard Clam and Oyster Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee.

This committee will assist the division in developing amendments to these plans to address issues concerning harvesting with mechanical gear and administration of the shellfish lease program. Other issues may also be addressed.

The division is seeking individuals from the following categories in the clam and oyster fisheries:

  • Commercial harvesters using mechanical methods;
  • Commercial harvesters using hand methods;
  • Shellfish leaseholders and shellfish Aquaculture Operation Permit holders;
  • Recreational harvesters and Under Dock Oyster Culture Permit holders;
  • Clam and oyster dealers; and
  • Scientists with expertise in clam and oyster biology and shell bottom habitats.
  • To qualify to serve on the committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation in the past three years.
  • Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once a month and participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.

Those who applied for this committee in the fall do not need to do so again.

Applications are available online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees or at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632.

Applications should be returned by Feb. 17 to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, Attention: Lauren Morris or to DMF.Advisors@ncdenr.gov.

nr-09-2014


Release: Immediate
Date: Feb. 3, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Waters Close to Commercial and Recreational Spotted Seatrout Harvest

MOREHEAD CITY — North Carolina will close all coastal and inland waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest at noon Wednesday and remain closed until June 15.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation today closing all coastal waters after cold stun events were confirmed on Friday and Saturday in several coastal rivers, bays and creeks. Cold stun events were confirmed in the Pamlico, Alligator, Pungo, Scuppernong, Trent, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers; Chocowinity, Blounts and Chadwick bays; and Slades, Bath, Cahooque, Hancock and Spooners creeks.

Under N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission rules, the spotted seatrout season automatically closes in inland waters when it closes in adjacent coastal waters.

Cold stun is a naturally occurring event. When waters cool during the winter, spotted seatrout move to deeper, warmer waters in the estuaries and ocean. But if there is a large drop in water temperature over a short period of time, the fish may be stunned or die from it.

Studies have found that cold stun events can have a significant impact on spotted seatrout populations.

Under the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan, if a significant cold stun event occurs the Division of Marine Fisheries will close all spotted seatrout harvest. The intent of the closure is to allow the fish that survive the cold stun event the maximum change to spawn in this spring. Peak spawning occurs in May.

Seafood dealers will have until Feb. 12 to dispose of unfrozen spotted seatrout taken prior to the closure.

For more specifics on the closure in coastal waters, see Proclamation FF-9-2014 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

For more information, contact Chip Collier with the Division of Marine Fisheries at 910-796-7291 or Chip.Collier@ncdenr.gov.

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