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Marine Fisheries - News Release Archives - Mar 2013

Marine Fisheries

News Release Archives - Mar. 2013


Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 29, 2013
Contact: Kim Iverson
Phone: 843-571-4366
Email: kim.iverson@safmc.net

Federal Fishery Advisory Panel Seats Open to Applicants

Applications due by May 1, 2013


The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applications for seats currently available on its advisory panels. Working at the grass roots level, advisory panel members provide information and guidance in the development and implementation of federal fishery management plans. The Council has 11 separate advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of managed species, or are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery or managed species. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientists, and concerned citizens.

Advisory panel members are appointed by the Council and serve for a three-year period, based on the frequency of meetings. As those appointments expire, members currently serving on the AP may reapply for their positions. These seats also become open to new applicants. AP members generally meet no more than once or twice each year and are compensated for travel and per diem expenses for all meetings. Applications are now being solicited for the following positions:

Coral Advisory Panel
(2) Research Scientists; (1) Deepwater Coral Research Scientist; and (1) Non-government Organization Representative
 
Dolphin Wahoo Advisory Panel
(1) Non-government Organization Representative
 
Golden Crab Advisory Panel
(3) Open Seats
 
Habitat Advisory Panel
(1) North Carolina Commercial and (1) North Carolina Recreational Seat

Information and Education Advisory Panel
(1) Sea Grant Seat

King and Spanish Mackerel Advisory Panel
(1) Florida Recreational; (1) Florida Charter; (1) Georgia Charter; (1) NC Commercial; and (2) South Carolina Recreational Seats

Law Enforcement Advisory Panel
(1) Open Seat

Shrimp Advisory Panel
(2) Open Seats

Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel
(3) Open Seats and (1) Wreckfish Sub-panel Seat

SEDAR Pool*
*Applicants appointed to the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Pool are eligible to serve on species-specific panels for future stock assessments.

If you are interested in serving as a member on the Council's advisory panels, please submit an application to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405. Applications may be obtained by contacting the Council office at 843-571-4366 or toll free 866-SAFMC-10. Application forms are also available on the Councils website on the Advisory Panel page. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact area Council representatives to discuss their interest in serving. Contact information for all Council members is available at: www.safmc.net or through the Council office.

Advisory panel members will be selected during the next meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, scheduled for June 10-14, 2013 in Stuart, Florida. Applications must be received by May 1, 2013.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 27, 2013
Contact: Kim Iverson
Phone: 843-571-4366

Join SAFMC Staff for Live Q&A Session via Webinar on
Snapper Grouper Amendment 30

Staff will provide information on the proposed action and Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS)
on commercial snapper grouper vessel
 

Amendment 30 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan is being considered by the SAFMC and will be taken out to public hearing in April throughout the region. The amendment deals with a possible requirement for all vessels with a Commercial Federal Snapper Grouper Permit to be equipped with a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).

  • Why is this action being proposed?
  • What is the purpose and need for this action?
  • How will fishermen be affected?
  • How does VMS operate and how will the data be used?
  • How do fishermen provide input on this Amendment?

These questions and more will be answered during this LIVE Q&A Session via Webinar with Council staff scheduled for Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

The Q&A Session will be presented via webinar and participants are required to register. Registration for the webinar is available by clicking here.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 25, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public Meeting Slated on Proposed American Eel Regulatory Changes

MOREHEAD CITY — Fishermen and other interested groups will have an opportunity to voice their views on changes to American eel regulations proposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission at a North Carolina meeting.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. April 24 at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Highway 17, Washington. The division will accept comments on behalf of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regarding American Eel Draft Addendum III.

The draft addendum proposes a wide range of management options with the goal of reducing mortality and increasing the conservation of American eel stocks across all life stages. Specific management options focus on the commercial (glass, yellow and silver eel life stages) and recreational American eel fisheries. The document also proposes increased monitoring by the states and recommendations to improve American eel habitat.

There are no proposed changes for the glass eel fisheries in North Carolina. Other management options include:

• Commercial Yellow Eel Fisheries
Option 1 – Status Quo
Option 2 – Increase Minimum Size Limit (recommends 10- to 11- inch minimum size limit)
Option 3 – Gear Restrictions (1-inch-by-½-inch or ¾-inch-by ½-inch mesh size escape panel)
Option 4 – Coast-wide Quota (20 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent, and 50 percent reduction options using 1980-2011 or 1990-2011 as base years)
Option 5 – Reporting Requirements (trip level ticket system for harvesters and dealers)
Option 6 – Two Week Fall Closure

• Commercial Silver Eel Fisheries Measures
Option 1 – Status Quo
Option 2 – Seasonal Closure (Sept. 1 to Dec. 31, each year unless state can document otherwise)

• Recreational Fisheries Measures
Option 1 – Status Quo
Option 2 – Reduce Bag Limit (25-fish per day)
Option 3 – Party/Charter Boat Exemption (continue to operate under 50 eel per day limit)

The complete draft addendum is available at http://www.asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/eel/fmps/DraftAddendumIII_American_ForPublicComment.pdf.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission also will accept written comments on the draft addendum until 11:59 p.m. May 2. Written comments should be sent by regular mail to: Kate Taylor, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 AN, Arlington, Va. 22201. Written comments can also be sent by fax to 703-842-0741 or by email to comments@asmfc.org with the subject line “American eel.” Final action on the Addendum is scheduled to occur in May. For more information, contact Garry Wright, with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at Garry.Wright@ncdenr.govor 800-338-7804.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 25, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Elizabeth City Woman Admits Guilt in Crab Pot Theft Case

MOREHEAD CITY — An Elizabeth City woman admitted guilt and agreed to two years unsupervised probation and other punishments in connection with charges related to the theft of crab pots in Pasquotank County.

A Pasquotank County judge on March 8 approved a deferred prosecution agreement with Carla Winslow Dewald, 42, of 409 Lane Dr., Elizabeth City, in which she admitted guilt to one count of misdemeanor larceny and one count of improper buoys on crab pots. In addition to the probation period, Dewald agreed to perform 40 hours of community service in 180 days and pay fines, fees, court costs and restitution costs totaling $1,238.

“The Division of Marine Fisheries is just not going to stand for commercial fishermen stealing gear from each other,” said Louis Daniel, director of the Division of Marine Fisheries. “We hope that this sends a clear message that Marine Patrol will investigate and prosecute these types of offenders.”

Marine Patrol Sgt. Brian Long arrested Dewald Aug. 20 on a total of 25 charges: eight larceny; eight possession of stolen property; eight robbery and injury to crab pots; and one improper buoys on commercial crab pots. She was accused of stealing 48 crab pots from eight different victims in the Little River in Pasquotank County.

Marine Patrol had received a report from several commercial crabbers that they were missing crab pots and believed they had seen their property in Dewald’s line of pots, Long said. Marine Patrol checked Dewald’s line of pots and found the stolen property, he said.

“It was a case of stealing a little bit from everybody around,” Long said.

The stolen gear has been returned to the victims, Long said, and he credited the victims with making the reports for the outcome of the case.

“This is a case of how when we’re given good information, we’re able to act on it in a timely manner and bring the matter to court,” Long said.

For more information, contact Long at 252-473-1233 or Cbrian.Long@ncdenr.gov.

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