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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 20, 2018
Phone: 252-342-0642

Marine Fisheries authorities consider no-possession
limit for striped bass in central, southern waters

8-point rule

 

 

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has received the Marine Fisheries Commission’s approval to draft regulations for a no¬-possession limit of striped bass in some waters of the state.

The proposal would apply to the Tar, Pamlico and Neuse rivers and other joint and coastal waters of the Central Southern Management Area.

The division recommended developing a supplement to the N.C. Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan to include the temporary management measures to protect two year classes of fish while the next plan amendment is being developed. The commission approved the recommendation at its business meeting last week.

The proposed supplement must first be approved by the secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality before it is developed.

Research has shown that striped bass in these waters are not a self-sustaining population and that fishermen are mainly catching hatchery-raised fish; however, data suggests there have now been two successful spawning years, and those fish need to be protected.

The proposed no-possession regulations would end once the new plan amendment is adopted. The amendment could include the no-possession provision or recommend other management actions.

If necessary approvals are received, the division intends to hold one public meeting on the issue in the Washington area. The supplement would be brought back to the commission for adoption in February, and the regulations would be implemented by the division director through his proclamation authority.

In other business, the commission voted to:

  • Submit the names of Robert (Tim) Griner, Brian (Scott) Buff, Samuel (Sammy) Corbett, and Jack Cox to the N.C. Governor’s Office as nominees for the North Carolina Obligatory Seat on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
  • Recommend that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission remain at status quo regarding the coastwide commercial allocation of summer flounder.
  • Readopt 41 existing rules under a state-mandated periodic review schedule.
  • Delay discussion of the Marine Fisheries Commission’s goals and objectives for an amendment to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan until the next meeting.

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