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Release: Immediate
Date: Feb. 10, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State seeks applicants for Joint Enforcement Agreement Advisory Group

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking members for a Joint Law Enforcement Agreement Advisory Group.

The division is conducting a 12-month study to determine the possible impacts, costs and benefits of the state entering into a joint law enforcement agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service and whether the N.C. General Assembly should authorize the division to do so. The division is required, by law, to submit findings of a study on this topic to the General Assembly by Oct. 15.

The advisory group is being established for the division to consult as part of this process. By state law, the Joint Law Enforcement Agreement Advisory Group is limited to people who hold a For-Hire Coastal Recreational Fishing License, a Standard Commercial Fishing License and division staff.

Those who would like to serve on the advisory group should contact N.C. Marine Patrol Col. Jim Kelley at 252-808-8130 or Jim.M.Kelley@ncdenr.gov by 5 p.m. Feb. 29.

In a joint enforcement agreement, the N.C. Marine Patrol would enter into a contract with the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement to supplement and enhance federal fisheries law enforcement capabilities. The agreement would be accompanied by an enforcement plan in which both the state and federal agencies agree to a list of priorities and activities to be enforced by state officers. In return, Marine Patrol would receive monetary compensation and training about federal regulations.

A joint enforcement agreement also would allow N.C. Marine Patrol officers to charge fishermen with minor federal offenses, and adjudicate those charge through state court.

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

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