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Release: Immediate
Date: Dec. 20, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Public Comment Sought on Draft Amendments, Supplement to
Fishery Management Plans

MOREHEAD CITY — Fishermen will get a chance to comment on the future management of several marine fisheries species at a series of public meetings to be held in the coming weeks.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will hold five meetings to receive public comments on draft amendments to the N.C. Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, the N.C. Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan and the N.C. River Herring Fishery Management Plan.

The meetings will be held in conjunction with Marine Fisheries Commission advisory committee meetings. Different advisory committees will review different plans, according to their focus areas. The meetings are scheduled for:

Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.
Southern Advisory Committee
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
(Shrimp, Bay Scallop, River Herring)
Contact: Chip Collier
Phone: 910-796-7215
Email: Chip.Collier@ncdenr.gov

Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
943 Washington Square Mall, Washington
(Shrimp, Bay Scallop, River Herring)
Contact: Anne Deaton
Phone: 901-796-7215
Email: Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov

Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.
Southern Advisory Committee (webcast)
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
127 Cardinal Dr., Wilmington
The public may watch this meeting and give public comment through a live webcast at this location.

Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
Finfish Advisory Committee
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
(Shrimp, River Herring)
Contact: Kathy Rawls
Phone: 252-264-3911
Email: Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.gov

Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.
Northern Advisory Committee
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
943 Washington Square Mall, Washington
(Shrimp, Bay Scallop, River Herring)
Contact: Kathy Rawls
Phone: 252-264-3911
Email: Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.gov

Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.
Shellfish/Crustacean Advisory Committee
Craven County Agricultural Extension Building
300 Industrial Drive, New Bern
(Shrimp, Bay Scallop)
Contact: Mike Marshall
Phone: 252-808-8077
Email: Mike.Marshall@ncdenr.gov

The draft amendment to the shrimp plan includes proposals for industry testing of bycatch reduction devices, updating testing protocols for the state bycatch reduction device certification program and requiring additional bycatch reduction devices in all shrimp trawl nets. View the draft shrimp plan amendment at http://tinyurl.com/ncshrimpdraftamend1.

The draft amendment to the bay scallop plan includes proposals to manage waters south of Bogue Sound as a separate unit from Bogue Sound (currently waters south of Bogue Sound open based on sampling in Bogue Sound) and to modify commercial harvest limits. View the draft bay scallop plan amendment at http://tinyurl.com/ncbayscallopdraftamend2.

The draft amendment to the river herring plan includes proposals to eliminate the discretionary harvest season and to implement a rule in joint and coastal waters to prohibit the possession of river herring greater than six inches while fishing or boating, as well as remove alewifes and blueback herring from the mutilated finish rule. This would complement the August 2013 rule enacted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in inland waters. View the draft river herring plan amendment at http://tinyurl.com/ncriverherringdraftamend2.

Division staff will present an overview of the draft amendments prior to public comment.

In addition, the commission will accept public comment at these meetings on a draft supplement to the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan. However, staff will not present an overview of the draft supplement. The draft supplement provides the commission with alternatives to stricter commercial and recreational spotted seatrout fishing regulations set to begin in February. View the revised Spotted Seatrout Plan supplement at http://tinyurl.com/ncspottedseatroutsupplementA.

For more information, Catherine Blum, division fishery management plan coordinator, at 252-808-8014 or Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov.

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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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