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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 8, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Jason Walker Promoted to Marine Patrol Captain
in the Wilmington District

MOREHEAD CITY — Jason Walker received the golden bars of a captain at a pinning ceremony today at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters in Morehead City.

Walker, 38, will lead the Wilmington Marine Patrol District, which runs from the Emerald Isle bridge to the South Carolina line. He will oversee a lieutenant, two sergeants and 14 field officers.

He replaces Jim Kelley, who was promoted to Marine Patrol major in July.

“Jason’s just an all-around outstanding officer and human being,” Kelley said. “He’s committed to the job, his people and the Division of Marine Fisheries.”

Walker began his career with Marine Patrol in March 1998 as a patrol officer in Beaufort County, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1997 with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Three years later, he moved to Southport. He stayed in Southport until 2007, when he was promoted to sergeant in Hyde and Dare counties. In 2008, Walker moved back to the southern coastal area, first as a sergeant in Pender and Onslow counties, then back to Southport.

Early in his career, Walker set a goal of becoming a captain.

“It’s nice to make that step,” Walker said. He added that he considers it an honor to serve with the other officers in the district, and he hopes to continue the level of professionalism he has become accustomed to there.

“It’s probably the finest district in the state,” Walker said.

Walker grew up in Rockwell and graduated from East Rowan High School in 1993.

He lives in Southport with his wife, Elizabeth, and their 3-year-old son, Noah.

Contact Walker for comments at 910-796-7220 or Jason.Walker@ncdenr.gov.

Download a high resolution photograph of Walker at his pinning ceremony at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/110813-jwalker-nr-photo.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 1, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Scheduled

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 13-15 at the Double Tree by Hilton, 2717 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach.

The meeting begins with public comment periods at 6 p.m. Nov. 13. The business meeting is at 9 a.m. Nov. 14 and continues at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

The commission also will hold a workshop in advance of its business meeting at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City. The commission will review various laws and rules that govern its actions, including open meetings, public records and ethics laws, as well as the Fisheries Reform Act.

The meeting and workshop are open to the public.

At its business meeting, the commission is slated to decide what size, bag and trip limits to adopt for the recreational and commercial black drum fisheries. An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan requires states to implement possession limits and a minimum size limit of at least 12 inches by Jan. 1, 2014 and at least 14 inches by Jan. 1, 2016.

The commission is also scheduled to decide the next step to take in managing the state’s shad fishery. Thresholds adopted last year in the N.C. American Shad Sustainable Fishery Plan have been met that require commercial harvest reductions in the Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River system. Also at its August meeting, the commission discussed implementing a moratorium on commercial and recreational harvest of American and hickory shad in all North Carolina waters under its jurisdiction.

The commission is also slated to review a draft supplement to the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan and vote to begin a public comment period on it. The supplement addresses the commission’s vote at its August meeting to keep the current commercial and recreational size, bag and trip limits for spotted seatrout. The current spotted seatrout plan, adopted in February 2012, included a provision to implement stricter regulations in February 2014, but the commission feels stricter regulations are not needed at this time.

Other agenda items include:

  • Review draft amendments to the bay scallop, river herring and shrimp fishery management plans and vote to send them to meetings for public comment.
  • Give final approval to Amendment 2 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan and Amendment 3 to the Oyster Fishery Management Plan and adopt rules to implement the amendments.
  • Adopt a slate of other rules that include giving the division director proclamation authority to set size, recreational bag, commercial trip, gear, season and time restrictions on the taking of sheepshead if needed to maintain a sustainable harvest; and giving the division director proclamation authority to implement federal shellfish harvester and dealer requirements for the protection of public health.

A meeting agenda is attached. A full briefing book can be found on the division’s website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings. For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 1, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

New License Requirement in Effect for Mechanical Harvest of Shellfish

MOREHEAD CITY — A new license requirement is in effect that impacts fishermen who wish to dredge oysters this season.

State law has changed, and a Standard Commercial Fishing License with a shellfish endorsement is now required to mechanically harvest shellfish.

Previously, a Commercial Shellfish License could also be used for this activity, but that license now only covers hand harvest methods.

Mechanical harvest of oysters involves the use of dredges, stick rakes or other rakes towed by engine-powered vessels or the use of mechanically-operated tongs. Studies have shown excessive use of these harvest methods can damage oyster beds. The state only allows mechanical harvest in specific deep-water areas where hand harvest is impractical, and monitors the harvesting to protect the oyster beds.

The license requirement change was passed by the N.C. General Assembly as part of the state budget bill.

A person who works as a member of the crew of a vessel engaged in a mechanical shellfish operation under the direction of a person who holds a valid SCFL with a shellfish endorsement is not required to hold a shellfish license.

Mechanical oyster harvest season opens Nov. 11 with a 15-bushel per fishing operation per day limit. Harvest will be allowed from sunrise to 4 p.m. weekdays.

For more specific regulations and maps, see Proclamation SF-9-2013 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

For more information, contact Mike Marshall, with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8077 or Mike.Marshall@ncdenr.gov.

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