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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Feb. 14, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public input sought on potential management measures for spot and Atlantic croaker

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MOREHEAD CITY — The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries are seeking public input on potential management measures for spot and Atlantic croaker that could be considered in response to declining trends in harvest and abundance indicators.

The stock status for both spot and Atlantic croaker is unknown, but the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission uses what is called a traffic light analyses to monitor trends in harvest and abundance and guide management decisions. The traffic light analysis indicates management measures may be necessary.

Management measures that could be considered include trip limits (commercial), bag limits (recreational), size limits and seasons. If necessary, some or all, of these measures could be implemented depending on the objectives of constraining harvest and the impacts of these measures. The traffic light analyses do not specify a landings reduction target, so public input is needed on management measures that could be considered.

Spot and Atlantic croaker are managed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. To ensure compliance with interstate requirements, North Carolina also manages these species under the North Carolina Fishery Management Plan for Interjurisdictional Fisheries.
 
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will review input from the states involved with management of spot and Atlantic croaker (New Jersey to Florida) at its May 2019 meeting to determine if management measures are necessary, the appropriate management measures, and when those measures should be implemented.

The public may comment at one of the three public input meetings listed below and/or submit written comments. Written comments may be submitted online at http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eg3rrppajs3cx5jh/start or by mail to:

Spot and Atlantic Croaker Public Input on Potential Management Measures
Chris Batsavage
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 15. Public comment will not be accepted via telephone or email.

Public information documents for spot and Atlantic croaker can be found on the division’s website here.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage at Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov or 252-808-8009 or Daniel Zapf at Daniel.Zapf@ncdenr.gov or 252-948-3875.

 

WHO: Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
WHAT: Meetings to Collect Public Input on Potential Management Measures for Spot and Atlantic Croaker
WHEN/WHERE: Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.
Dare County Commissioners Office
954 Marshall Collins Drive, Room 168, Manteo
WHEN/WHERE:
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’
Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
WHEN/WHERE: Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Southern Regional Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington


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