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Contact: Michael Barnette
Phone: 727-551-5794; FAX 727-824-5309
Email: Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov
Date: May 21, 2012

NOAA Certifies Additional Designs and Materials for Fishermen Currently Required to Use Turtle Excluder Devices

NOAA Fisheries Service announces a final rule adding allowable Turtle Excluder Device (TED) modifications and additional certified TED designs for the shrimp and summer flounder trawl fisheries. The additional designs and modifications may enhance TED effectiveness in reducing sea turtle mortality, promote catch retention, and increase vessel fuel efficiency. The allowable modifications are not mandatory, but provide additional options for fishermen currently required to utilize TEDs

Provisions of the rule include:

  • The addition of flat bar, box pipe, and oval pipe as construction material in currently-approved TED grids
  • An increase in the maximum mesh size on TED escape flaps from 1-5/8 to 2 inches (4.1 to 5.1 cm)
  • The addition of the Boone Big Boy TED and Boone Wedge Cut TED escape opening for use in the shrimp fishery
  • The addition of three large TED escape openings
  • The addition of a brace bar as an allowable modification to hard TEDs
  • The addition of the Chauvin Shrimp Deflector to improve shrimp retention
  • The addition of a new TED for use in the summer flounder fishery

There is also a correction to the TED regulations to rectify an oversight regarding the maximum size chain that can be used on the Parker TED escape opening flap.

NOTE: This final rule is not related to the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2012, that would, if implemented, require all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) to use TEDs in their nets.
 
TEDs incorporate an escape opening, usually covered by a webbing flap, which allows sea turtles to escape from trawl nets. To be approved by NOAA Fisheries, a TED design must be shown to be 97 percent effective in excluding sea turtles during testing based upon specific testing protocols.

These latest modifications were developed in coordination with the commercial trawl industry, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, and the Southeast Regional Office’s Protected Resources Division. The modifications and TED designs were developed and tested by NOAA Fisheries gear specialists. Results from a study conducted by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation were utilized in the development of these allowable modifications.

If you would like to receive these fishery bulletins via email as soon as they are published, email us at:

SERO.Communications.Comments@noaa.gov

. You will still receive a hard copy of these bulletins through the mail

This bulletin provides only a summary of the information regarding the existing regulationsAny discrepancies between this bulletin and the regulations as published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.

FB12-037

 


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Date: May 18, 2012

Seats Still Available for Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant Program Symposium

MOREHEAD CITY — Seats are still available for a symposium that will showcase projects funded in the first five years of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grant Program.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host the event May 31 at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern.

The symposium is free and open to the public. However, pre-registration is required. Sign up by visiting the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website athttp://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/crfl-symposium-registration-form. The registration deadline has been extended to May 25.

The symposium will feature presentations from grant recipients for numerous projects, including:

  • An N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries program to collect recreational fishing data;
  • An N.C. State University study of the movement and mortality of spotted seatrout;
  • A University of North Carolina at Wilmington project that tested the use of text messaging to submit catch and effort fishing reports from a wireless phone; and
  • The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s construction of several boating access sites.

There will also be exhibits of some of the educational projects funded by the grant program.

A full agenda is available on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=a3d31ec8-c3ce-4952-8276-04b76bdb2da2&groupId=38337.

The grant program was established in 2007 to fund for projects that aim to manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate and enhance the marine resources of the state. The program receives revenues from the sale of Coastal Recreational Fishing Licenses.

In the five years since its inception, the grant program has awarded approximately $21 million to 68 projects.

For more information, contact grant program coordinator Tiffany Frazier at 252-808-8004 or Tiffany.Frazier@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Date: May 16, 2012

North Carolina to Prohibit Menhaden Purse Seine Fishery in State Waters

MOREHEAD CITY — North Carolina will soon prohibit certain menhaden purse seine fishing operations in state waters.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to prohibit the use of purse seines deployed from a mother ship for the harvest of menhaden within the state’s three-mile jurisdiction. The action mirrors a draft bill approved by a legislative study committee on marine fisheries issues.

“This is a conservation measure we think needs to be put in place,” said commission Chairman Rob Bizzell.

Commission members said they were concerned about the amount of bycatch associated with large purse seine fishing operations, and the conflicts that arise with other fishing sectors.

The measure does not prohibit smaller purse seine operations that do not use multiple vessels.

The commission asked Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel to implement the closure by proclamation. Daniel said he plans to issue the proclamationin the next two weeks.

In other business, the commission:

  • Voted to ask the division to develop a suite of potential management options for the protection of Atlantic sturgeon, which was listed as a federally endangered species April 6. The proposed management options will likely impact both large mesh and small mesh gill net fishing in the Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke sounds. The proposed management measures will be reviewed by advisory committees before coming before the commission in August. The commission also agreed by consensus to write a letter to North Carolina’s congressional delegation outlining its concerns with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to list Atlantic sturgeon as an endangered species.
  • Voted to send the draft American Shad Sustainable Fishery Management Plan to the Regional and Finfish advisory committees for comment. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will require any state without an approved sustainable fishery plan for shad to close its fishery by Jan. 1, 2013. The ASMFC Shad and River Herring Management Board approved North Carolina’s draft plan May 1. The draft plan calls for a Feb. 20 to April 11 commercial season and a five-fish recreational bag limit in the Cape Fear River; a March 1 to April 15 commercial season in all waters except the Cape Fear River; and a one-fish recreational bag limit in joint and coastal waters of the Roanoke and Neuse river systems to complement Wildlife Resources Commission regulations in inland waters.
  • Voted to begin the rulemaking process to create a seed oyster management area in Possum Bay and Swan Point at the mouth of the New River.
  • Voted to write a letter to the National Park Service opposing the Hatteras beach closures.
  • Agreed by consensus to ask the division to investigate if further regulations are needed in the conch fishery.

For more information on the meeting, contact Nancy Fish in the Marine Fisheries Commission Office at 252-808-8025 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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