News Release Archives - November 2012
Contact: NOAA Sustainable Fisheries
Date: Dec. 6, 2012
Commercial Harvest of Red Snapper and Gray Triggerfish in the South Atlantic Federal Waters Will Re-open from December 12 - 19, 2012
The commercial harvest of red snapper and gray triggerfish in federal waters of the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Key West, Florida, will re-open from 12:01 a.m. (local time), December 12, until 12:01 a.m. (local time) Dec. 19, 2012. Updated landings data indicate the commercial annual catch limits for red snapper and gray triggerfish were not met; therefore, NOAA Fisheries is re-opening commercial harvest of red snapper and gray triggerfish.
The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing red snapper or gray triggerfish for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such species prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) Dec. 19, 2012. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to sale or purchase of red snapper or gray triggerfish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) Dec. 19, 2012, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
Red Snapper Commercial Size and Trip Limit:
During the re-opening, the commercial trip limit for red snapper is 50 pounds gutted weight. There is no minimum size limit for red snapper during the commercial re-opening.
Gray Triggerfish Commercial Size Limit:
During the re-opening, the commercial size limit for gray triggerfish is 12 inches total length off the coast of Eastern Florida only. Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina do not have size limits for landing commercially harvested gray triggerfish. There is no trip limit for gray triggerfish.
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 29, 2012
Cultch Planting Meetings Scheduled for Southern Coastal Areas
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold three public meetings in December to receive suggestions and comments on cultch planting in the southern coastal areas of the state.
Cultch planting is where shells and rock are placed into the waters to enhance shellfish habitat in potentially productive shellfish areas. Oysters, clams and other aquatic life are attracted to the cultch and will begin to immediately colonize the material.
The division’s Shellfish Rehabilitation Section staff constantly looks for ways to improve the program, so annual meetings are held to provide fishermen and interested parties the opportunity to give advice regarding planting sites, methods, materials and quantities.
The meetings are set for:
6 p.m. Dec. 17
Varnamtown Town Hall
100 Varnamtown Road Southwest
6 p.m., Dec. 18
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Wilmington Regional Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension
6 p.m., Dec. 19
North Topsail Beach Town Hall
2008 Loggerhead Court
North Topsail Beach
Meetings will be scheduled for other coastal areas of the state and announced at a later date.
For more information, contact Stephen Taylor, with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 910-796-7289 or Stephen.Taylor@ncdenr.gov.
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 13, 2012
Shrimp Advisers Sought
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is looking for people to sit on a Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee.
The committee will assist the division in drafting an amendment to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan that focuses on bycatch and associated issues. Bycatch is a term that refers to fish or other species unintentionally caught when a fisherman is targeting a different species.
The division is looking for a cross-section of those representing the various commercial and recreational shrimp fisheries, including those who fish with large trawlers, small trawlers, skimmer trawlers, channel nets, shrimp pots and cast nets. The division would also like to seat scientists with expertise in the areas of bycatch and gear innovation, especially in trawls and bycatch reduction devices, as well as other individuals interested in shrimp fishing issues.
To be qualified to serve on a committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years.
Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once a month and actively participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.
Adviser applications are available online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees, at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Dec. 14 to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Lauren Morris.
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 15, 2012
Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee to Meet
MOREHEAD CITY — A Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Nov. 29 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City.
An agenda for the meeting is attached.
For more information, contact Randy Gregory, with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8078 or 800-682-2632 or at Randy.Gregory@ncdenr.gov. You may also contact the Marine Fisheries Commission Office at 252-808-8022.