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Release: Immediate
Date: May 13, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State Observers Out Gathering Information by Watching Anglers Fish

MOREHEAD CITY — Recreational anglers, who fish in Carteret County waters this spring and summer, may be asked to help state fisheries managers learn more about what they catch.

Staff with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Observer Program will be out in division-owned boats to watch people fish so that they can document catches of fish, fishing practices, effort and any interactions with protected species.

Observers will identify themselves to anglers, explain the project, ask the angler a few questions about their fishing practices, and observe them fishing from a safe distance.

The division’s Observer Program is designed to collect at-sea information about commercial and recreational catch and bycatch for use in fisheries management decisions, stock assessments, development of fishery management plans, and the conservation of protected species. Bycatch refers to species inadvertently caught by fishermen while they are targeting other fish.

The program has observed commercial fisheries for years, but just began observing recreational fisheries in 2010. Recreational observations will continue through the summer and possibly into the fall.

For more information, contact Protected Species Biologist Jacob Boyd at 252-808-8088 or Jacob.Boyd@ncdenr.gov.

Information about the Observer Program is also available on the division’s website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/observers-program.

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Release: Immediate
Date: May 7, 2013
Contact: Kate Michie
Phone: 727-824-5305

NOAA Fisheries Requests Public Comments on Actions to Improve Management of Vermilion Snapper and Red Porgy in the South Atlantic

Comment Period Ends June 7, 2013

NOAA Fisheries requests public comments on the proposed rule to implement Regulatory Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 18). The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved Regulatory Amendment 18 for review by the Secretary of Commerce in March 2013, and the proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2013.
 
Population assessment updates for vermilion snapper and red porgy were recently completed. The vermilion snapper update indicated the population is no longer undergoing overfishing (when fish are taken from the population too quickly) and is not overfished (when there are not enough fish in the population). The stock assessment update for red porgy indicated the species is not undergoing overfishing but is still overfished. Based on the outcome of these population assessment updates, NOAA Fisheries is proposing to modify several management measures for vermilion snapper and red porgy.
 
The Proposed Rule Would:

  • Increase the vermilion snapper annual catch limit from 1,066,000 pounds whole weight to 1,372,000 pounds whole weight.
  • Reduce the commercial trip limit for vermilion snapper to 1,000 pounds gutted weight, and when 75% of the commercial annual catch limit has been met or projected to be met, the commercial trip limit would be reduced to 500 pounds gutted weight.
  • Remove the November 1 - March 31 recreational closed season for vermilion snapper (bag limit and size limit remain unchanged).
  • Reduce the annual catch limit for red porgy from 395,304 pounds whole weight to 306,000 pounds whole weight.


Request for Comments
Comments on the proposed rule implementing Regulatory Amendment 18 must be received no later than June 7, 2013, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries. See the Addresses section for information on where and how to submit comments.
 
Addresses
Electronic copies of Regulatory Amendment 18 may be obtained from:

  • The NOAA Fisheries' Web site
  • The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web site

To request a CD of Regulatory Amendment 18 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-2013-0049" 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 Regulatory Amendment 18 please click on this link to the Regulatory Amendment 18 Frequently Asked Questions.

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