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News Release Archives — September 2012


 

Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 28, 2012

Portions of Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke Sounds Return
to Sea Turtle Lawsuit Restrictions

MOREHEAD CITY — Beginning Monday, large mesh gill nets set in portions of Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke sounds will again fall under stricter regulations required by a sea turtle lawsuit settlement agreement.

The action is being taken because the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries observed interactions between gill nets and two sea turtles – one green and one Kemp’s ridley – in these waters.

The regulations will apply in portions of Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke sounds east of the mouth of the Alligator River and Wright Memorial Bridge. The regulations prohibit fishermen from setting gill nets between 4-inches and 6 ½-inches stretched mesh in the daytime and on weekends and specify other gear restrictions.

For specific regulations, a map and coordinates, see Proclamation M-46-2012 at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations.

These measures were adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission in May 2010 to settle a lawsuit filed against the commission, the division and division Director Louis Daniel in federal court by the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic on behalf of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

In Sept. 2011, the commission lifted the regulations in Albemarle, Croatan and Roanoke sounds north of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge and the Washington Baum Bridge after the Beasley Center agreed to modify the lawsuit settlement.

The agreement was based on a full year of division observer coverage data that showed no commercial fishing-related interactions with sea turtles had been observed in these waters; however, the agreement required the division to reinstate stricter regulations if interactions between gill nets and sea turtles were observed.

The stricter regulations will remain in place until Nov. 30, 2012, or water temperatures drop below 55 degrees.

For more information, contact Jacob Boyd in the division Protected Resources Section at 252-808-8088 or Jacob.Boyd@ncdern.gov.

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Contact: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council 
Email: kim.iverson@safmc.net
Release: Immediate
September 26, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Announces New Regulations for Wreckfish
in the South Atlantic Region

Regulations effective October 26, 2012

On September 26, 2012 NOAA Fisheries published the final rule on Amendment 20A under the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic region concerning new regulations for wreckfish. Amendment 20A affects the commercial sector of the wreckfish fishery which has been managed under an Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) system since 1992. Actions in the amendment intend to maximize harvest potential for active commercial wreckfish shareholders to:
 

  • Define and revoke inactive wreckfish shares.
  • Redistribute revoked shares to active shareholders.
  • Establish an appeals process for determinations of share status and redistribution.
  • Define a cap on the number of shares one entity may own.
  • For additional information about Amendment 20A, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions information on the NOAA Fisheries website.

 To view the complete list of Fishery Bulletins, visit the  NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office website at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov. Relevant copies are also posted on the Council's website at www.safmc.net.

REMINDER:
Commercial Vermilion Snapper Closes September 28, 2012

The commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Key West, Florida, will be closed, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time), September 28, 2012, through 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2013. NOAA Fisheries has determined the July - December 2012 commercial annual catch limit of 302,523 pounds will be reached by that date.

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Contact: NOAA Fisheries Southeast
Phone: 727-824-5305
Release: Immediate
September 24, 2012

Commercial Harvest of Vermilion Snapper Closing to Vessels Fishing
in the South Atlantic Federal Waters on September 28, 2012

The commercial harvest of vermilion snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic from North Carolina to Key West, Florida, will be closed, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time), September 28, 2012, through 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2013. NOAA Fisheries has determined the July - December 2012 commercial annual catch limit of 302,523 pounds will be reached by that date.

The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and that is landing vermilion snapper for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such vermilion snapper prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, September 28, 2012. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to sale or purchase of vermilion snapper that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, September 28, 2012, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

Recreational Sector:
During the commercial sector closure, all harvest and possession of vermilion snapper in or from closed federal waters of the South Atlantic is subject to the applicable bag and possession limits, and the sale or purchase of vermilion snapper taken from closed federal waters is prohibited. The bag and possession limits and the prohibition on sale or purchase, apply in state and federal waters of the South Atlantic for a vessel for which a valid federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued. The bag limit for captain and crew is zero.

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