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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 30, 2019
Phone: 252-726-7021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Marine Fisheries Commission
to meet June 6 to discuss southern flounder

8-point rule

 

 

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet June 6 at 1 p.m. at The Beaufort Hotel, 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, to discuss proposed southern flounder management measures.

The agenda includes a 1 ½-hour public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Members of the public may speak to the commission on Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes on a first-come basis until time is up. Doors will open at noon.

The public may listen to the meeting on the Internet. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found here.

Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

The commission is scheduled to consider all public and advisory committee input, select its preferred management options in Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, and send the draft plan for departmental and legislative review.

Southern flounder is one of three main species of flounder landed on the North Carolina coast. The other two species are summer flounder and Gulf flounder.

Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan contains options for several seasonal harvest closure scenarios to achieve up to a 72% reduction in southern flounder harvest for the commercial and recreational fishing sectors. Additionally, at the request of the Marine Fisheries Commission, the draft amendment includes an option for a partial moratorium.

Options for non-quantifiable management measures to constrain effort, such as yardage and time restrictions for gill nets and daily harvest limits for pound nets and gigs, are included in the draft amendment as well.

The commission is scheduled to give final approval of the draft amendment in August so that the management measures can be implemented by proclamation before this fall.

WHO: N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission
WHAT: Select preferred management measures in Draft Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan
WHEN: June 6 at 1 p.m.
WHERE:
The Beaufort Hotel, 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort
Link to live stream: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online

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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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