News Release Archives - June 2012
Contact: Kim Iverson
Date: June 26, 2012
Fishermen Needed for Upcoming 2013 Stock Assessments of
Gray Triggerfish and Blueline Tilefish
If you are an avid fisherman with experience in fishing for gray triggerfish or blueline tilefish, you may be eligible to participate in the upcoming 2013 stock assessment for these species. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting volunteers to participate in stock assessments for the two species scheduled to begin in early 2013. The benchmark assessments will be conducted through the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) stock assessment program.
“Knowledgeable fishermen play a key role in the stock assessment process,” explained John Carmichael, Science and Statistics Program Manager for the Council. “Fishermen chosen to serve as panelists bring their on-the-water experience and observations to the table, especially during the Data Workshop. Their participation helps us to better understand trends in fishing activity and other factors that are considered during assessment.” Recreational, commercial, and for-hire (charter/headboat) fishermen are encouraged to apply.
The SEDAR assessment process consists of a Data Workshop, Assessment Workshop, and Review Workshop. Representatives may be appointed to serve as panelists at the Data Workshop and observers at the Assessment and Review Workshops. Computer and internet access is required in order to participate during the Assessment Workshop component.
The Data Workshop is scheduled for February 11-15, 2013 in Charleston, S.C.. The Assessment Workshop will be held via a series of webinars between May and July and the final Review Workshop will be held in Beaufort, N.C. August 26-29, 2013.
Please contact Kim Iverson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-571-4366 or toll free 855-SAFMC-10 if you are interested in applying to the SEDAR Pool and participating in this or other stock assessment workshops. The application deadline is August 15, 2012 for fishermen interested in serving as a panelist for SEDAR 32.
Contact: Christine Patrick
Date: June 25, 2012
U.S. Commerce Department Announces 2012
Regional Fishery Council Appointments
The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA’s Fisheries Service to manage ocean fish stocks.
The councils were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their regions. NOAA’s Fisheries Service works closely with the councils as plans are developed, and then reviews, approves, and implements the fishery management plans.
“I’m pleased to announce our newest members to the regional fishery management councils,” said Sam Rauch, deputy assistant administrator for NOAA’s Fisheries Service. “Along with their colleagues, these new council members will help shape the science-based management of U.S. fisheries and continue the strong commitment to turning the corner on ending overfishing, rebuilding fish stocks and achieving and maintaining sustainable fisheries and vibrant fishing communities.”
Council members represent diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental interests and academia, and carry out the act’s requirements to end overfishing, rebuild fish stocks, and manage them sustainably. Each year, approximately one-third of the total 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. NOAA’s Fisheries Service selects members from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments and oversees the annual appointment process.
The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on August 11. Council members are appointed to both obligatory seats, which are specific to a state, and at-large seats which can be filled by a person from any of the states in the council’s region. Council members may be reappointed to serve three consecutive three-year terms.
New England Council
The New England Council includes members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and one at-large seat.
John F. Quinn (Massachusetts)
Matthew G. McKenzie (Connecticut)
*David “Dave” E. Preble (Rhode Island)
Terry A. Alexander (Maine)
Vincent M. Balzano (Maine)
The Mid-Atlantic Council includes members from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for New Jersey and Virginia and two at-large seats.
*Christopher J. Zeman (New Jersey)
Jeffrey Deem (Virginia)
Anthony “Tony” D. Dilernia (New York)
*Preston “Pres” P. Pate (North Carolina)
South Atlantic Council
The South Atlantic Council includes members from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for Florida and Georgia and two at-large seats.
*Benjamin “Ben” Hartig III (Florida)
Steve “BC” A. Amick (Georgia)
*Charles M. Phillips (Georgia)
Anna B. Beckwith (North Carolina)
The Caribbean Council includes members from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The appointees for 2012 fill an obligatory seat for the U.S. Virgin Islands and one at-large seat.
*Carolos F. Farchette (United States Virgin Islands)
Eugenio “Geno” Pinero-Soler (Puerto Rico)
The Gulf Council includes members from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana and two at-large seats.
*John “Johnny” R. Greene Jr. (Alabama)
Juan “John” M. Sanchez(Florida)
Campo “Camp” E. Matens (Louisiana)
*Harlon H. Pearce Jr. (Louisiana)
William “Corky” S. Perret (Mississippi)
The Pacific Council includes members from California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for California, Oregon and tribal governments and two at-large seats.
*David M. Crabbe(California)
*Dorothy Lowman (Oregon)
David B. Sones (Tribal)
*William Buzz” L. Brizendine (California)
*Dale Myer (Washington)
North Pacific Council
The North Pacific Council includes members from Alaska and Washington. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for both states.
Howard D. “Dan” Hull (Alaska)
Robert E. “Ed” Dersham (Alaska)
Craig Cross (Washington)
Western Pacific Council
The Western Pacific Council includes members from American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for American Samoa, Guam, and Hawaii. The appointee for the obligatory seat from American Samoa will be announced at a later date.
Michael P. Duenas (Guam)
Michael K. Goto (Hawaii)
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Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: June 25, 2012
Public Comment Sought on New Inshore Fishing Reefs/Oyster Sanctuaries
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold public meetings in July to receive comments on locations for three new inshore fishing reefs/oyster sanctuary sites.
The division’s Oyster Sanctuary Program has received a Coastal Recreational Fishing License grant to construct three inshore fishing reefs/oyster sanctuaries in the Cedar Island, Cape Fear River and Manteo areas.
The goal is to increase angling opportunities in North Carolina by creating and protecting sub-tidal oyster reefs with easy access for the recreational angler.
The reefs will be made with different types of concrete structures. These materials will attract oyster larvae, as well as clams, juvenile fish, crabs and other marine organisms, which in turn, will attract larger fish, enhancing hook-and-line fishing.
The reefs will also serve as a brood stock for oysters. Harvest of oysters and the use of bottom disturbing gear are prohibited on the reefs. But the oysters that grow there will produce millions of eggs annually that will be carried by currents and tides to surrounding areas that are open to oyster harvest.
At each location, this project will construct a reef on 10 acres of soft bottom. Interested parties are invited to attend the following meetings and provide advice and input regarding the placement of the reefs:
- The meeting for the Cedar Island reef site is set for 6 p.m. July 17 at the Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City;
- The meeting for the Cape Fear River reef site is set for 6 p.m. July 18 at the Division of Marine Fisheries Southern District Office, 127 Cardinal Drive, Wilmington;
- The meeting for the Manteo reef site is set for 6 p.m. July 24 at the Division of Marine Fisheries Field Office, 1021 Driftwood Drive, Manteo.
For more information, contact Pelle Holmlund, with the division’s Resource Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8055 or Pelle.Holmlund@ncdenr.gov.
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: June 22, 2012
State Fisheries Commission Denies Consideration of Request for Declaratory Ruling
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted Thursday to deny consideration of a request for declaratory ruling regarding a proclamation related to menhaden purse seine fishing.
Omega Protein, a menhaden processing company in Reedville, Va., filed the request May 31, challenging the validity of a proclamation prohibiting the use of purse seines deployed from a mother ship for the harvest of menhaden in state waters. The commission voted for this management measure at its May meeting, and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel implemented the regulation by proclamation.
Omega Protein has the option to seek judicial review from the courts.
A purse seine is a type of net that is used to encircle a school of fish then trap the fish when it is closed with a line passing through rings, like a drawstring.
Audio of this meeting can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/june-2012-mfc-business-meeting.