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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021
Date: Oct. 20,  2011

Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Set

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 2-4 at the Coastal Education and Visitor’s Center at Fort Macon State Park, 2300 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach.

The meeting is open to the public.

The commission is slated to review public comments and advisory committee recommendations on options to end overfishing in the spotted seatrout fishery. A 2010 stock assessment found that a 57.1 percent reduction in fishing mortality is needed to end overfishing of spotted seatrout within two years of final adoption of the Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. One of several options for reaching this target in the recreational fishery includes reducing the bag limit to two fish per day. There are also several options for reaching the target in the commercial fishery, including reducing the trip limit to 50 fish per day with a weekend closure.

The commission also plans to further discuss provisions of a proposed limited entry license system for the commercial Atlantic Ocean striped bass fishery. The commission adopted a proposal for limited entry at its September meeting. The proposal includes a long-term plan to add hook and line as an allowable commercial gear in the fishery.

The full agenda and briefing booklet can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-agendas-briefingbooks-presentations.

The meeting begins with a public comment session at 6 p.m. Nov. 2. Anyone who wishes to speak to the commission on a fisheries-related matter may do so then or at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 3. Due to time constraints, the commission chairman asks individuals to speak only once, either Nov. 2 or Nov. 3, but not during both public comment periods.

The business sessions of the meeting begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632

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