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Release: Immediate
Contact: Kathy Collins
Phone: 302-674-2331 (ext253)
Date: March 13, 2012 (Published Feb. 24, 2012)

Council Seeking Applications for Advisory Panel Members

Visioning Project Results in New Process


The Council has been engaged in a Visioning and Strategic Planning project with the goal of implementing changes to the management process and improving its fishery management plans based on stakeholder inputAs a direct result of this effort, the advisory panel process is being revised to enhance the role of advisorsThe Council is soliciting applications from qualified individuals to serve on its eight advisory panels

Advisory panels will be composed of individuals with diverse experiences and interests in Mid-Atlantic fisheries Advisors will play an important role in the fishery management process and will be directly responsible for fishery performance reports that help the Council better understand trends in fisheries and impact of management decisions on stakeholdersIn addition, these reports will be considered by the Scientific and Statistical Committee and by the Council in the quota setting process

The Council is seeking advisors to serve on the following advisory panels: 

  • Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass
  • Tilefish
  • Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish
  • Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
  • Bluefish
  • Dogfish (Jointly managed with New England Council)
  • Monkfish (Jointly managed with New England Council)
  • Ecosystems, Habitat, and Ocean Planning

Advisory panel members will be appointed during the next meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council scheduled for April 10-12, 2012 in Duck, N.C.. Appointed advisors will serve a term of 3 years.

Anyone interested in serving as a member on one of these advisory panels can submit an application to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901, email the form to info1@mafmc.org or fax it to 302-674-5399. Please note as the subject on your email or fax: ADVISORY PANEL

Applications can be obtained by visiting http://www.mafmc.org/, or by contacting the Council office at 877-446-2362

Applications must be received by March 30, 2012
PR12-06


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Date: Mar. 7, 2012

Marine Fisheries to Host Operation Medicine Drop

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries wants people to keep our fish off drugs.

The division will host Operation Medicine Drop events in Morehead City and Wilmington and participate in a third event in Manteo, hosted by the Dare County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with N.C. Sea Grant and the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at the following locations:

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Headquarters
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City

N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Wilmington Regional Office
127 Cardinal Dr.
Wilmington

N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
Manteo   
 

The public is invited to bring their unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to these events and drop them off with qualified personnel who will ensure these drugs are safely incinerated. Law enforcement will be on hand to supervise the collection.

This method of disposal will keep these medications out of the hands of children, out of the hands of drug addicts and out of our coastal waters.

There is growing concern that flushing prescription drugs down the toilet may impact our coastal environment.

The sewage treatment and septic systems that receive wastewater from homes are designed to remove bacteria and viruses, but not chemicals. Medicines — pain killers, antibiotics, birth control and mood stabilizers — that go down the drain are turning up in rivers, lakes, streams and wells across the country.

Researchers are still studying what effect this may have on environmental and human health, but evidence suggests it is not good for marine life.

Some drugs can alter molting, growth, mating, reproduction and development of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. Drugs with hormones can alter sex organs so that they are malformed, exhibit both male and female reproductive organs, or produce more females than males.

Antidepressants can deter growth and reproduction and affect fish behavior, resulting in fish that are lethargic and more vulnerable to predators. Scientists have documented negative effects on American oysters, grass shrimp, rainbow trout, small mouth bass and other species.

Moreover, constant additions of antibiotics into our waterways can result in antibiotic resistant bacteria, making medicines used to treat infections less effective. Also, many lakes and rivers are used as human drinking water supplies.

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medication.

The events are being held in conjunction with National Poison Prevention Week. Since 1999, 5,717 North Carolinians have lost their lives from unintentional poisonings. Non-fatal poisonings are especially common in children under the age of 5. More information is available at www.ncsafekids.org.
 
For more information on the division’s Morehead City event, contact Christine Jensen at 252-808-8068 or Christine.Jensen@ncdenr.gov. For information on the Wilmington event, contact Anne Deaton at 910-796-7315 or Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov.

For information about the Manteo event, contact Capt. Jeff Deringer, Dare County Sheriff's Office, at 252-475-9176 or jeff.deringer@darenc.com or Sara Mirabilio, N.C. Sea Grant, at 252-475-3663 or saram@csi.northcarolina.edu

 

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