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Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Applications Being Accepted for New Red Drum License Plate

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting applications for a newly-approved North Carolina license plate that pays homage to the state’s saltwater fish.

Red Drum was officially adopted as North Carolina’s state saltwater fish in 1971.

The new plate features an illustration of a red drum against a background of sea grass. The top of the plate reads, “RED DRUM” and the bottom reads “NORTH CAROLINA.”

The cost is $30 for a regular plate or $60 for a personalized plate per year in addition to the regular license plate fee.

Download a photo of and application for the red drum plates at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/red-drum-license-plate1.

Revenue from the sale of red drum plates is earmarked to fund public access to and habitat protection of red drum waters.

Sometimes called channel bass, spottail bass, red fish and puppy drum, red drum is an important species to both recreational and commercial fishermen in North Carolina. Since red drum use a variety of estuarine and oceanic habitats throughout their life cycles, habitat protection is important to maintaining and enhancing the red drum population.

The red drum tag is the twin of a new native brook trout license plate that features the state’s freshwater fish.

The two license plates were the brainchild of Jon Jicha, a professor in Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design.

Jicha, an avid fly fisherman, said he came up with the idea as a way this state could demonstrate its commitment to its fisheries resource. He took his proposal to state legislators, who agreed to sponsor legislation.

Jicha said he was eager to design the matching plates.

“My contribution is gratifying in that it targets public awareness for our valuable resources,” Jicha said.  “Native species of any kind need support for their continued existence.” 

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will not issue the red drum license plate until 500 applications are received.

For more information about applying for the red drum plates, contact Patricia Smith at 252-808-8025 or Tricia.Smith@ncdenr.gov.

To apply for native brook trout plates, see the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Fishing/NativeBrookTroutLicensePlate.aspx.

More information about the artist can be found at http://jonjicha.com.

nr-63-2014


Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 13, 2014
Contact: Kate Michie
Phone: 727-824-5305

Fishing Restrictions for South Atlantic Marine Protected Areas Including
the St. Lucie Hump Marine Protected Area

Fishing regulations for eight marine protected areas including the St. Lucie Hump marine protected area remain in place. On February 12, 2009, NOAA Fisheries established eight Type 2 marine protected areas in federal waters from North Carolina to Florida (see Figure 1). A Type 2 marine protected area is an area within which fishing for or retention of snapper-grouper species is prohibited but other types of legal fishing, such as trolling, are allowed. The use of shark bottom longline gear is also prohibited within the marine protected areas. The prohibition on possession of snapper-grouper species does not apply to a person aboard a vessel that is in transit with fishing gear appropriately stowed.

The primary purpose of these marine protected areas is to protect the population and habitat of long-lived, deep-water snapper-grouper species (speckled hind, snowy grouper, warsaw grouper, yellowedge grouper, misty grouper, golden tilefish, and blueline tilefish) from directed fishing pressure, while minimizing adverse social and economic effects.

More Information
For more information on the marine protected areas, including individual marine protected area maps and background information, please click on this link to the marine protected area Web page on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web site:
http://www.safmc.net/managed-areas/marine-protected-areas. 

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Figure 1. Map of the Type 2 marine protected areas.

FB14-084


Release: Immediate
Date: Nov. 13, 2014
Contact: Sustainable Fisheries
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Gag in South Atlantic Waters
Will Close on November 21, 2014

Commercial harvest of gag in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) November 21, 2014. The 2014 commercial catch limit is 326,722 pounds gutted weight. Reports indicate the catch limit will be met by November 21, 2014. A seasonal closure is in place for commercial and recreational sectors for gag during January - April; therefore, commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on May 1, 2015.
 
The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing gag for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such gag prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, November 21, 2014. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of gag that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) November 21, 2014, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
 
During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of gag in or from federal waters is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
  • Sale and purchase of gag in or from federal waters is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for a person onboard a vessel with a federal snapper-grouper permit.
  • This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.

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