Date: Mar. 12, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Public Meeting Slated on Proposed Smooth Dogfish Regulatory Changes
MOREHEAD CITY — North Carolina fishermen will have opportunity to voice their views on changes to smooth dogfish regulations proposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Dare County Administrative Building, Room 168, 954 Marshall Collins Drive, Manteo. The division will accept public comments on behalf of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regarding Draft Addendum II to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks.
The draft addendum proposes measures that allow commercial fishermen to process smooth dogfish at sea so the total weight of smooth dogfish fins landed or found on board a vessel does not exceed 12 percent of the total weight of smooth dogfish carcasses landed or found onboard the vessel.
Also, the draft addendum proposes several options to preserve the historical distribution of smooth dogfish landings prior to the implementation of a federal quota for smooth dogfish and to ensure consistency between the state and federal plans. Options include establishing state shares based on historical landings from 1998 to 2007, or from 1998 to 2010 or on a five-year moving average.
Related issues include whether to allow states quota transfers and quota rollovers and whether to set possession limits.
The full draft addendum is attached.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission also will accept written comments on the draft addendum until 5 p.m. March 28. Written comments should be sent by regular mail to: Marin Hawk, FMP Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 AN, Arlington, Va. 22201. Written comments can also be sent by fax to 703-842-0741 or by email to email@example.com with the subject line “Smooth Dogfish Draft Addendum II.”
For more information, contact Holly White, with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-473-5734 or Holly.White@ncdenr.gov