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Release: Immediate
Date: May 29, 2014
Contact: Tina Berger
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Phone: 703-842-0740

States Schedule Hearings on American Eel Draft Addendum IV

Arlington, Va. — Atlantic coastal states from Maine through Georgia have scheduled their hearings to gather public comment on Draft Addendum IV to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel. The dates, times, and locations of the scheduled meetings follow.

Maine Department of Marine Resources
June 30, 2014; 10 a.m. – Noon
Natural Resources Service Center
Conference Room
6 Beech Street
Hallowell, ME
Contact: Terry Stockwell at 207-624-6553

June 30, 2014; 3 – 5 p.m.
Jeff’s Catering and Event Center
15 Littlefield Way
Brewer, ME
Contact: Terry Stockwell at 207-624-6553

New Hampshire Fish and Game
June 23, 2014; 7:30 p.m.*
Urban Forestry Center
45 Elwyn Street
Portsmouth, NH
Contact: Doug Grout at 603-868-1095
*Hearing to immediately follow ASMFC Atlantic Herring public herring which starts at 7 p.m..

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
July 1, 2014; 6 – 8 p.m.
Bourne Public Library Meeting Room
19 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA
Contact: Nichola Meserve at 617-626-1531

Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife
June 24, 2014; 6 p.m.
URI Narragansett Bay Campus
Corless Auditorium
South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI
Contact: Phil Edwards at 401-789-0281

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
June 24, 2014; 7 p.m.
Dinosaur State Park
400 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT
Contact: David Simpson at 860-434-6043

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
July 14, 2014; 7 p.m.
Marine Resources Office
205 North Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY
Contact: Carol Hoffman at 631-444-0476
*Informational workshop on American eels to be held at 7 p.m. on June 30 at the Upper Delaware River Council in Narrowsburg, NY. Contact Kathy Hattala at 845-256-3071 for more details.

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
July 10, 2014; 7 p.m.*
Atlantic County Library
Galloway Branch
306 Jimmie Leeds Road
Galloway, NJ
Contact: Russ Allen at 609-748-2020
*Hearing to immediately follow Marine Fisheries Council meeting which starts at 4 p.m..

Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
July 8, 2014; 7 p.m.
DNREC Auditorium
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE
Contact: John Clark at 302-739-9914

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
July 2, 2014; 6 – 8 p.m.
Fisheries Service
Tawes State Office Building, C1 Conference Room
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD
Contact: Keith Whiteford at 410-643-6776

Potomac River Fisheries Commission
June 26, 2014; 6:30 p.m.
222 Taylor Street
Colonial Beach, VA
Contact: Ellen Cosby at 804-224-7148

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
June 25, 2014; 6 p.m.
2600 Washington Avenue, Fourth Floor
Newport News, VA
Contact: Rob O’Reilly at 757-247-2247

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries
June 24, 2014; 6 p.m.
943 Washington Square Mall
Highway 17
Washington, NC
Contact: Garry Wright at 252-948-3872

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
June 11, 2014; 6 – 8 p.m.
SCDNR Marine Resources Auditorium
217 Fort Johnson Rd.
Charleston, SC
Contact: Bill Post at 843-953-9821

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) American eel fisheries. Draft Addendum IV is the second management document to respond to the findings of the 2012 benchmark stock assessment indicating the American eel population in U.S. waters is depleted.

Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum IV by either attending public hearings or providing written comments. The Draft Addendum will be available by June 4th on the Commission website (wwww.asmfc.org) under Public Input or by contacting the Commission at 703-842-0740.

The public comment deadline is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on July 17, 2014. Comments should be submitted to Kate Taylor, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703-842-0741 (FAX) or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: American Eel). Final action on the Addendum is scheduled to occur in August. For more information, please contact Kate Taylor at ktaylor@asmfc.org or 703-842-0740.

PR14-20


Release: Immediate
Date: May 29, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Some Waters to Reopen to Flounder Gill Nets

MOREHEAD CITY — North Carolina will allow commercial fishermen to use gill nets to harvest flounder and other fish in some coastal waters this summer, but they will have to throw back any red drum they catch.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to reopen some coastal waters to large-mesh gill nets June 1, but prohibited the harvest of red drum from these nets.

Anchored large-mesh gill nets will be allowed in areas of western Albemarle Sound, Currituck Sound, and the Pamlico, Pungo, and Neuse rivers that are exempt from regulations under the sea turtle incidental take permit. The New River will reopen to anchored large-mesh gill nets above the closed shrimp trawl line.

Large-mesh run-around gill nets and strike nets will be allowed statewide in coastal waters where they were allowed prior to the May 5 large-mesh gill net closure.

The waters will still be subject to gill net closures due to interactions with sea turtles.

The state closed internal coastal waters to large-mesh gill nets to avoid incidental catches of red drum after the red drum commercial harvest limit was exceeded in the fall. The commercial red drum season will not reopen until Sept. 1.
Recreational red drum season is still open.

In other business, the commission voted to:

  • Ask the division director to implement a new federal regulation in state waters that prohibits the sale of king mackerel without a federal commercial king mackerel permit. In North Carolina, the regulation will apply only to king mackerel harvested by hook-and-line gear or by a for-hire vessel fishing under a recreational charter. The new federal regulation also includes an exemption for state-permitted fishing tournaments that sell fish for charitable causes. The new regulations will not be effective until late summer;
  • Accept the petitioner’s request to withdraw a petition for rulemaking, approved by the commission in August, which sought to prohibit the use of commercial fishing gear and certain types of recreational fishing gear on and around the Oriental Artificial Reef in the Neuse River;
  • Agree that the issue of allowing commercial fishermen to retain two harvest limits of spotted seatrout, when two or more license holders are on board a vessel together, should be considered as part of the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan review next year;
  • Move forward with rulemaking for management measures in draft amendments to the Bay Scallop, River Herring and Shrimp fishery management plans. Proposed text and fiscal analyses for the rules will come before the commission in August.
  • Ask the division’s staff to prepare information on adopting a general fisheries rule that allows the director to establish limited entry for different fisheries through proclamation, so that regulations can easily change, if needed.
  • Send a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission asking it to apply all resources towards completing a red drum stock assessment to be used in review of the N.C. Red Drum Fishery Management Plan in 2015.
  • Send a letter to the director of the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding East Coast bluefin tuna allocations;
  • Send a letter to the governor, speaker of the House and Senate president pro-tem in support of allowing the N.C. Marine Patrol to enter into a joint law enforcement agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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