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Marine Fisheries - Nov 2-4 2011 MFC Meeting

Marine Fisheries

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Marine Fisheries Commission Business Meeting
Fort Macon State Park Coastal Education and Visitor Center, Atlantic Beach
Nov. 2-4

Audio Presentations
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Public Meeting
Receive public comment relative to fisheries management issues.

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation
Conflict of Interest Reminder
Roll Call
Approval of Agenda and Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment
Receive public comment relative to fisheries management issues.

Issues from Commissioners

Chairman’s Report
Review administrative actions and issues from the chair.
Letters

Committee Reports
• Nominating
Vote on nominees for the South Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Councils.
— Vote on Slate of Nominees
•  Sea Turtle
Review and discuss committee recommendations on the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Incidental Take Permit application submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service for possible commission comment.
• Habitat and Water Quality
• Strategic Habitat Area
Review and approve strategic habitat areas selected for Coastal Region 2 for inclusion in the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
— Vote on Region 2 Strategic Habitat Areas**

Finalize Limited Entry Provisions for Commercial Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Fisheries
— Vote on Provisions**

Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan
Review advisory committee/public input on options to end overfishing within two years of final adoption of the plan, select preferred management options and approve sending out for departmental and legislative review.
• Review Advisory Committee and Public Input
• Select Preferred Management Option**
• Vote to send to Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations**

Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1
Review advisory committee/public input on draft FMP, select preferred management options and approve sending out for departmental and legislative review.
• Review Advisory Committee and Public Input
• Select Preferred Management Options**
•  Vote to send to Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations **

Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2
Review plan amendment and vote to send out to advisory committees/public meetings.
• Vote to send out to public meetings/advisory committee review**

Rule Suspensions – David Taylor
The commission must vote to continue suspension of any rules the Division of Marine Fisheries Director has suspended by proclamation.
• Vote on Rule Suspension for Spotted Seatrout**
• Vote on Rule Suspension for Gill Net Yardage Restrictions**
• Vote on Rule Suspension for Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Gear Permit Date**

Rulemaking Update – Catherine Blum
Review public comment and vote on final rules (earliest effective date April 1, 2012).
• Review of Hearing and Public Comment
• Vote on Approving Permanent Rules on the Following Subjects:

1. 15A NCAC 03M .0504 - Repeal rule and continue management of the spotted seatrout fishery via existing proclamation authority
2. 15A NCAC 03M .0519 - Incorporate the current, long-standing proclamation closure of the American shad ocean fishery into rule
3. 15A NCAC 03O .0111 - Streamline the service of process for the surrender of fishing licenses by allowing service to licensees by certified mail
4. 15A NCAC 03O .0114 - Establish requirements for the suspension, revocation and reissuance of licenses

Director’s Report
Reports and updates on recent Division of Marine Fisheries activities.
•  Legislative Update Oyster Season – Mike Marshall
• Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Smooth Dogfish Atlantic Menhaden Highly Migratory Species – Randy Gregory

•  For-Hire License Report – Don Hesselman

• Recreational Discard Mortality Workgroup Report – John Hadley

• Protected Resources – Red Munden
• Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council – Red Munden

• South Atlantic Fishery Management Council – Michelle Duval

•  Recurring Updates Marine Patrol Report Coastal Recreational Fishing License Sales Report Coastal Angler Program Red Drum and Striped Bass Quota Southern Flounder Landings Big Book of Data and Semi-Annual Landings Bulletin

Issues from Commissioners

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632

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