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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Jan. 10, 2019
Phone: 252-342-0642

CORRECTION: Corrects link in 7th graph

Fisheries seeks comments on proposed no-possession
limit for striped bass in some internal coastal waters

8-point rule

 

 

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is accepting public comment on a draft temporary restriction for a no-possession limit for striped bass in some waters of the state.

The proposed management measure would apply to commercial and recreational fishing in the Tar, Pamlico, Pungo, Bay and Neuse rivers and other joint and coastal waters of the Central Southern Management Area.

A no-possession requirement already exists for the Cape Fear River and its tributaries. The proposal would not impact striped bass fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, Albemarle Sound Management Area, Roanoke River Management Area, or in inland fishing waters under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission.

The public may comment on the proposed management measure at a public meeting to be held:

Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall, Washington

Each speaker may comment for up to three minutes. More time may be allotted, depending on the number who sign up to speak. No other topic will be discussed at this meeting.

The public may also comment on the proposal in writing online here or by mail to:

Comments
Central Southern Striped Bass Supplement
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

Public comment will not be accepted by email or over the telephone.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

The Division of Marine Fisheries is developing the new restriction through Supplement A to Amendment 1 to the N. C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. The division received approval to go forward with the supplement from the Marine Fisheries Commission at its November meeting and from Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan in a Dec. 19 letter.

The division recommended the proposed temporary restriction to protect possible naturally-spawned year classes of striped bass until Amendment 2 to the N. C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan is adopted. Amendment 2 could continue the no-possession provision or recommend other management actions.

Research has shown that striped bass in Central Southern Management Area are not a self-sustaining population and that fishermen are mainly catching hatchery-raised fish; however, data suggests there have now been two naturally-spawned year classes. The proposed temporary management measure would offer additional protection for those non-hatchery fish.

The proposed supplement will be brought before the Marine Fisheries Commission for adoption at its Feb. 20-22 business meeting. If approved, the management measure would be implemented by proclamation no later than March 1.

Draft Supplement A to Amendment 1 to the N. C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan and other related documents may be found on the division’s website here.

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