Date: Sept. 18, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Shad, Black Drum Fisheries on Advisory Committees’ Agendas
MOREHEAD CITY — Issues concerning the American and hickory shad fisheries, as well as the black drum fishery, are slated for discussion by three advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission at meetings in October.
The Finfish Advisory Committee and the Southern and Northern regional advisory committees will discuss whether to recommend that the Marine Fisheries Commission issue a moratorium on commercial and recreational harvests of American and hickory shad in North Carolina waters under jurisdiction of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The Marine Fisheries Commission, at its August meeting, discussed whether to ask the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries to implement the moratorium by proclamation due to biological impacts, bycatch issues and user conflicts.
The committees also will discuss what black drum harvest limits to recommend the Marine Fisheries Commission adopt. An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan requires states to implement possession limits and a minimum size limit of at least 12 inches by Jan. 1, 2014 and at least 14 inches by Jan. 1, 2016.
The meetings are set for:
Southern Advisory Committee
6 p.m. Oct. 2
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wilmington Regional Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington
Northern Advisory Committee
6 p.m. Oct. 3
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Washington Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall, Washington
Finfish Advisory Committee
10:30 a.m. Oct. 15
Craven County Cooperative Extension Office
300 Industrial Drive, New Bern
For more information on the shad issue, contact Division of Marine Fisheries Northern District Manager Kathy Rawls at 252-264-3911 or Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.gov.
For more information on the black drum issue, contact division biologist Chris Stewart at 910-796-7370 or Chris.Stewart@ncdenr.gov.