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Marine Fisheries - News Release Archives - Mar 2013

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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 22, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Grant Money Available for Transient Recreational Boating Facilities

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will be accepting proposals for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program until April 24.

This is a second funding opportunity for this program for federal fiscal year 2013.

The Boating Infrastructure Grant is a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that reimburses up to 75 percent of costs for projects that construct, renovate or maintain tie-up facilities and related amenities for recreational transient vessels that are at least 26 feet long. The grant program was authorized by Congress in 1998 and is funded by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries serves as the liaison between projects in North Carolina and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this program. Proposals must be submitted to the division to be considered for this funding opportunity.

Some examples of potentially eligible activities include transient slips, mooring buoys, day-docks, floating and fixed piers and breakwaters, dinghy docks, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, retaining walls, bulkheads, dockside utilities (water, electric, telephone, Internet), sewage pump-out stations, recycling and trash receptacles, navigational aids and marine fueling stations. Applicants must have or intend to construct dedicated dockage for transient vessels to receive funding for these eligible activities.

Boating Infrastructure Grant funds are distributed each year. Grants are available on a two-tiered basis. For Tier 1 (basic) grants, all states may receive up to $100,000 to award to in-state projects that meet the program's guidelines. Tier 2 (competitive) grants are reserved for large-scale, more expensive undertakings, and are awarded on a nationwide competitive basis. For this funding opportunity, applicants may apply for up to $48,934 under Tier 1 and up to $1.5 million under Tier 2.

For information about grant availability, project eligibility, and proposal development, please visit the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf or contact Kelly Price, federal aid coordinator for the division, at P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557-0769. You may also contact Price at 252-808-8168 or 800-682-2632 (in North Carolina only) or by email at Kelly.Price@ncdenr.gov.

Applications should be sent to the state Division of Marine Fisheries and must be received by April 24. Electronic submission is preferred.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 21, 2013
Contact: Tina Berger
Phone: 703-842-0740
Email: tberger@asmfc.org

States Schedule Hearings on Draft Black Drum FMP

Arlington, Va. — New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on the Draft Interstate Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Black Drum Draft. The dates, times, and locations of those meetings follow. Maryland will also be conducting a hearing; the details of which will be released as soon as they become available.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
April 10, 2013; 7 p.m.
Nacote Creek Research Station
360 Route 9 North (milepost 51)
Port Republic, N.J.
Contact: Russ Allen at 609-748-2020

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
April 2, 2013; 7 - 9 p.m.
DNREC Building
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Del.
Contact: John Clark at 302-739-9914

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
March 27, 2013; 6 p.m.
Central District Office
5285 U.S. Highway 70 West
Morehead City, N.C.
Contact: Chris Stewart at 910-796-7370

The Draft FMP solicits comment on a range of issues, including management goals and objectives; recreational and commercial management measures; flexibility to react to new assessment information; de minimis levels and exemptions; monitoring requirements and recommendations; and recommended measures for implementation by NOAA Fisheries in federal waters. The FMP was initiated in response to concern regarding significant increases in harvest in recent years and the fact that the fishery primarily targets juveniles. Further, the lack of consistent coastwide regulations or management goals may negatively impact the black drum population as fishing pressures shifts from other stocks.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft FMP either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The Draft FMP is available at: http://www.asmfc.org/speciesDocuments/southAtlanticSpecies/blackDrum/blackDrumDraftFMP_PublicComment.pdf. The public comment deadline is 5:00 p.m. (EST) on April 26, 2013 and should be forwarded to Toni Kerns, ISFMP Director, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703-842-0741 (FAX) or tkerns@asmfc.org (Subject line: Black Drum FMP). The FMP is scheduled for final approval during the Commission’s 2013 Spring Meeting.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 20, 2013
Contact: Kate Michie
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Fisheries Requests Public Comments on a Proposed Rule to Streamline the Closure Process for the Penaeid Shrimp Fishery During Cold Weather Events

Comment Period Ends April 19, 2013


NOAA Fisheries requests public comments on proposed regulations for Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region. The proposed rule for Amendment 9 published in the

Federal Register on March 20, 2013, (78 FR 17178).

The proposed rule for Amendment 9 would:

  • Allow a state's request to close federal waters to penaeid shrimp (white, brown, and pink shrimp) fishing after cold weather events to be approved by the Regional Administrator, rather than first being reviewed and approved by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Shrimp Review Panel. This would speed up the closure process during periods of time when cold weather can negatively affect shrimp survival.
  • Add a 9° C (48° F) or below temperature threshold that could be used as a triggering criterion for states to request closures of federal waters to shrimp harvest during cold weather events, in lieu of, or in addition to, the current 80% or greater reduction in abundance of white shrimp criterion.

Request for Comments
Comments on the proposed rule must be received no later than April 19, 2013, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries. See the Addresses section for information on where and how to submit comments.

Addresses
Electronic or hard copies of the proposed rule may be obtained from:

To request a CD of Amendment 9 contact:

NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-824-5305

You may submit comments by the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission:

The Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at: http://www.regulations.gov (select "Submit Comment", then type in "NOAA-NMFS-2012-0227" in the "Keyword or ID" box). All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted to: http://www.regulations.gov without change.

  • Mail: NOAA Fisheries

Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
c/o Kate Michie
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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 9 please click on this link to the Amendment 9 Frequently Asked Questions found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/SAShrimpHomepage.htm.

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