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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Oct. 4, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Advisory committee meetings to focus
on cobia management measures

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MOREHEAD CITY — Three advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet on separate dates in October to discuss issues related to the cobia fishery.
 
The meetings will be held as follows:

Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.
Finfish Advisory Committee
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’Central District Office
5285 U.S. Hwy. 70 West, Morehead City
Contact: Lee Paramore
Phone: 252-473-5734
Email: Lee.Paramore@ncdenr.gov
See agenda here

Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
Southern Advisory Committee
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Wilmington Regional Office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington
Contact: Chris Stewart
Phone: 910-796-7370
Email: Chris.Stewart@ncdenr.gov
See agenda here

Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.
Northern Advisory Committee
Dare County Center Commissioner’s Meeting Room
950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo
Contact: Katy West
Phone: 252-948-3884
Email: Katy.West@ncdenr.gov
See agenda here

The advisory committees will be asked to provide input to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission on management measures contained in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Draft Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia (Georgia to New York). The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board will meet Oct. 19 to vote on this plan.

The draft plan includes size, bag and vessel limits to complement federal measures. Most notably, the draft plan includes several proposed options for state-specific recreational harvest targets that will give individual states more flexibility in developing management measures to best suit their needs.

Currently, the recreational annual catch limit for Georgia to New York is managed on a coastwide basis. This has resulted in federal closures and significant overages, disrupting fishing opportunities and jeopardizing the health of the stock.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will discuss North Carolina’s recreational cobia management measures at its Nov. 15-16 meeting at the Doubletree by Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk.

For more information, contact Steve Poland, cobia staff lead with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8159 or Steve.Poland@ncdenr.gov.

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