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Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 17, 2012

Daniel Ipock Receives Marine Patrol Officer of the Year Award

MOREHEAD CITY — Daniel Ipock always knew he wanted to work in law enforcement. He also loved being on the water.
But it was not until he began working closely with the N.C. Marine Patrol during a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard that he put the two together.

“When I was in the Coast Guard there at Emerald Isle, that was where I really learned about Marine Patrol and decided that’s the way I wanted to go, if the opportunity every arose,” Ipock said. “That was the best of both worlds.”

Since joining Marine Patrol in 2008, Ipock has earned the respect of his fellow officers – so much so that they nominated him for the Governor’s Award for Marine Patrol Officer of the Year for 2011. He received the award Sept. 8 at the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Annual Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards banquet and celebration.

Ipock is known among his colleagues as a hard worker and quick learner. His tenacity and thoroughness have provided huge dividends for several extensive cases dealing with fraud and deception in the seafood industry.

Most notably, in 2011, Ipock investigated tips that a fish dealer was covering up over-harvest of oysters by some fishermen by using license information from other fishermen, who knew nothing about the scheme. Ipock spent long hours poring over hundreds of trip tickets and license information and conducting interviews to make the case, and the dealer pleaded guilty to the charges.

This initial case led to three other dealer investigations by other Marine Patrol officers. In all, the officers uncovered 5,588 bushels of illegally harvested oysters.

Ipock, 33, lives in Washington with his wife, Teia, and two children, Trent, 4, and Tucker, 3. He grew up in Washington and attended Emmanuel Christian School. He graduated in 1997.

For more information, contact Ipock at 252-946-6396 or Daniel.Ipock@ncdenr.gov. Download a photograph of Ipock at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/091712-ipock-photo.

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Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 13, 2012

NOAA Fisheries and State Partners Request Help from Fishermen
to Collect  Information on South Atlantic Red Snapper
During the 2012 Season

NOAA Fisheries and state partners from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are preparing for the 2012 South Atlantic red snapper commercial and recreational seasons. These agencies are looking to fishermen for help with red snapper data collection during the openings. Data collected will provide much needed information for the 2014 red snapper population assessment.

Data collection is scheduled to happen in a number of ways and at a number of locations throughout each state. A summary of data collection efforts is provided in detail on the following NOAA Fisheries web page: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/2012SARedSnapperSeason.htm

Details of the Red Snapper Season:
The commercial red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 17, 2012, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 24, 2012. During the open commercial season, the trip limit is 50 pounds gutted weight and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper.

The recreational fishing season will open for two consecutive weekends made up of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The recreational red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 14, 2012, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 17, 2012; the season then reopens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 21, 2012, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 24, 2012. During the open recreational season, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper.

To view the complete 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. Pardon cross-postings.

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Contact: Kate Michie
Phone: 727-824-5305
Email: Kate.Michie@noaa.gov
Release: Immediate
Date: Sept. 10, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Requests Public Comments on a Proposed Rule
to Allow Transfer of Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsements

(Comment Period Ends September 25, 2012)

NOAA Fisheries requests public comments on proposed regulations for a resubmitted action from Amendment 18A to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 18A). Amendment 18A was implemented on July 1, 2012, and established a black sea bass pot endorsement program.
 
Amendment 18A also contained an action to allow black sea bass pot endorsements to be transferred to individuals or entities that hold or simultaneously obtain a South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit. However, Amendment 18A had the wrong preferred alternative designated and there were discrepancies in the record regarding the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's discussion of the alternatives. Therefore, NOAA Fisheries did not implement the transferability action in Amendment 18A and the South Atlantic Fishery management Council addressed the action in a separate amendment.
 
The proposed rule for the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment would allow black sea bass endorsements to be transferred under the following conditions:

  • Valid or renewable black sea bass pot endorsements would be transferable upon the effective date of the final rule implementing this action.
  • Valid and renewable endorsements could only be transferred to any individual or entity holding or simultaneously obtaining a valid South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit.
  • Valid and renewable endorsements would be transferable, independently from the South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper Grouper Permit.
  • All landings of black sea bass using the black sea bass pot endorsement would be associated with the South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit with which the endorsement is associated regardless of when landings occurred.
  • Landings of black sea bass using the black sea bass pot endorsement would not be transferred with the endorsement.
  • Endorsements would not be automatically renewed when the associated South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit is renewed. (Endorsement holders would need to check a box on the application to renew their black sea bass pot endorsement.)

Request for Comments
Comments on the proposed rule for Amendment 18A must be received no later than September 25, 2012, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries. See the Addresses section for information on where and how to submit comments.
 
Addresses

Electronic or hardcopies of the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment and the proposed rule may be obtained from:
The NOAA Fisheries Web site http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/SASnapperGrouperHomepage.htm 
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web site at  http://www.safmc.net.

To request a CD of the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment contact:
NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-824-5305
 
You may submit comments by the following methods:
Electronic Submission: The Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov (select "Submit Comment", then type in NOAA-NMFS-2012-0128 in the "Keyword or ID" box). All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change.

Mail:           
NOAA Fisheries
Southeast Regional Office
Sustainable Fisheries Division
c/o Kate Michie
263 13th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
 
NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
 
Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.

More Information
For more information on the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment please click on this link to the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment Frequently Asked Questions found at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/pdfs/BSB_transferability_amendment%20_FAQs_082312.pdf or view the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Web page at: www.safmc.net.

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