Date: Feb. 3, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Still Seeking
Advisers for Clam, Oyster Plans
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is still looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to serve on a Hard Clam and Oyster Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee.
This committee will assist the division in developing amendments to these plans to address issues concerning harvesting with mechanical gear and administration of the shellfish lease program. Other issues may also be addressed.
The division is seeking individuals from the following categories in the clam and oyster fisheries:
- Commercial harvesters using mechanical methods;
- Commercial harvesters using hand methods;
- Shellfish leaseholders and shellfish Aquaculture Operation Permit holders;
- Recreational harvesters and Under Dock Oyster Culture Permit holders;
- Clam and oyster dealers; and
- Scientists with expertise in clam and oyster biology and shell bottom habitats.
- To qualify to serve on the committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation in the past three years.
- Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once a month and 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.
Those who applied for this committee in the fall do not need to do so again.
Applications are available online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees or at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632.
Applications should be returned by Feb. 17 to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, Attention: Lauren Morris or to DMF.Advisors@ncdenr.gov.