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Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 19, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission Seeks Advisers

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues.

Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans, and recommend management strategies. Committees may also bring issues pertaining to their region or subject matter to the commission’s attention.

The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints members to these committees for three-year terms, and several terms will expire in January.

In addition, the commission is seeking a commercial pound net fisherman to serve on the Sea Turtle Advisory Committee.

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 every two months 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 Nov. 1 to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Nancy Fish.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 19, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Most Internal Coastal Waters Reopen to Flounder Gill Nets Monday

MOREHEAD CITY — Most internal coastal waters will reopen to flounder gill nets Monday evening.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel issued a proclamation today to reopen to anchored large-mesh gill nets the shallow water portions of Pamlico Sound, the northern portion of Core Sound and the waters between the N.C. 58 bridge to Emerald Isle and the South Carolina state line. The anchored large-mesh gill nets are primarily used to target flounder.

The deep water portions of Pamlico Sound remain closed to large-mesh gill nets until Dec. 15 due to a federal closure to reduce sea turtle interactions. Southern Core Sound, Back Sound and the North River will remain closed to anchored large-mesh gill nets until at least Oct. 15 under provisions of a Sea Turtle Incidental Take Permit.

Most of the state’s internal coastal waters were closed to anchored large-mesh gill nets in May to avoid bycatch of red drum because the annual red drum commercial harvest limit was exceeded. While the commercial red drum season reopened Sept. 1, most waters remained closed to large-mesh gill nets to allow sea turtles to move out of the area.

“We are opening waters now because of the recent northeast winds, cooling water temperatures, and reports of reduced turtle sightings,” Daniel said. “Should turtles be present and incidentally captured, the fishery will immediately close again to provide time for the turtles to move out of estuarine waters.”

For specific boundaries of the open and closed areas, as well as other regulations, see Proclamation M-30-2014 and Proclamation M-26-2014 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations .

Also, an Estuarine Gill Net Permit is now required for those who set anchored large-mesh or small-mesh gill nets in internal coastal waters for commercial or recreational purposes. This permit is required for those who set nets under a Standard Commercial Fishing License, Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License or Recreational Commercial Gear License.

The permit is free, but must be obtained through the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries licensing offices. Fishermen may submit an application for a permit at any division license office during normal office hours or through the mail. An application can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/EGNP-2014. Fishermen may also request an application through the mail by calling 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632.

The permit is not required for runaround, strike or drop gill nets that are set and then immediately retrieved. It is also not required for drift gill nets that are used to capture fish while they are moved by water currents and are actively fished and attended from deployment through retrieval. Also, the permit is not required to set gill nets in the ocean.

North Carolina’s estuarine gill net fishery is managed under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon, issued to the state by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The permits require observer coverage. The permits authorize limited takes of these species, listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, as part of conservation plans that divide the state’s internal coastal waters into six management units. These units are closely monitored for interactions with sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon. An annual number of allowed interactions with each species is assigned to each gear type in each management unit.I If the number of interactions is approached, the management unit must close for the remainder of the season or year.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage, the division’s Protected Resources Section chief, at 252-808-8009 or 252-241-2995 or Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Date: 16, 2014
Contact: Ladd Bayliss
Phone: 252-473-1607
Email: laddb@nccoast.org

Commercial Fishermen Needed to Remove Marine Debris

MANTEO - The N.C. Coastal Federation is accepting applications from commercial fishermen to help get marine debris out of the water this winter.

The federation and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, in January, will continue a pilot project to remove abandoned fishing gear from waters in northeastern North Carolina. Using a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federation will employ commercial watermen to help the N.C. Marine Patrol remove old gear from Jan. 15 to Feb. 7. No crab pots are allowed in the water during that time. The cleanup is scheduled to begin on Jan. 19, if the weather cooperates. This project is intended to improve habitat and water quality and support commercial watermen in northeastern North Carolina.

The collection will take place from the Currituck Sound southward to Oregon Inlet, including parts of the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Local fishermen with knowledge of these waters will be given preference. Side-scan sonar will be used on a limited number of boats to detect abandoned gear underwater. A side-scan sonar unit will be provided for these boats, and an additional day of training will be required for these fishermen.

To qualify, fishermen must have filed at least one commercial landing trip ticket with the division within the past year. Fishermen will receive $300 a day and their mates will receive $100. Three days of work are guaranteed. About 12 fishermen will be accepted, and volunteers are also needed.

Applications are due on Oct. 17. Participants will be notified by Oct. 31. Applications are available online on the N.C. Coastal Federation's web site, www.nccoast.org; Oneal's Sea Harvest in Wanchese; The Rope Shop in Manteo; and Full Circle Crab Co. in Columbia.

For more information, or an application contact Ladd Bayliss at 252-473-1607 or laddb@nccoast.org.

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