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Marine Fisheries - nr-33-11 Meeting Rescheduled

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021 or (252) 342-0642
Date: Aug. 10, 2011

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Rescheduled

MOREHEAD CITY – A N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission meeting has been rescheduled for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Brownstone, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

The meeting, originally slated for this week at the same location, was postponed Tuesday evening after the commission chairman learned there would not be a quorum.

Agenda items include a review of public input received about allowing an Atlantic Ocean striped bass commercial hook-and-line fishery. The commission is also slated to decide how it wants to manage the ocean striped bass fishery for the upcoming season.

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries held five meetings in different regions of the coast and in Raleigh to receive public comment on this idea. The commission directed the division to examine a commercial hook-and-line fishery for ocean-caught striped bass to help avoid waste after reviewing incidents of dead discards of striped bass in the ocean trawl fishery this winter.

Also scheduled is a review of management options for ending overfishing within two years of adoption of the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. The commission will be asked to vote to send these options out for public input.

A new law passed last year requires all fishery management plans to end overfishing within two years of final adoption. A draft Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan that was developed prior to passage of the law and tentatively approved in November, does not meet this criteria.

The meeting begins with a public comment session at 6 p.m. Aug. 30. Anyone who wishes to speak to the commission on a fisheries-related matter may do so then or at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 31. Due to time constraints, the commission chairman asks individuals to speak only once, either on Aug. 30 or on Aug. 31, but not during both public comment periods.

The business session of the meeting begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 and 8:30 a.m.  Sept. 1.

A full revised meeting agenda is attached.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-263

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