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Marine Fisheries - Sept. 7-9 2011 MFC Meeting

Marine Fisheries

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Marine Fisheries Commission Business Meeting
Holiday Inn Brownstone, Raleigh, N.C.
Sept. 7-9, 2011

Audio Presentations
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Public Meeting
Receive public comment relative to fisheries management issues.

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation
Conflict of Interest Reminder
Roll Call
Approval of Agenda**
Approval of Meeting Minutes
Public Comment

Swearing in New Commissioners
- Elaine Marshall, N.C. Secretary of State

Issues from Commissioners & Recognition of Outgoing

Chairman’s Report
Review administrative actions and issues from the chair.
• Welcome to New Commissioners
• Letters
• 2012 Meeting Schedule
• Election of Vice Chairman**

Committee Reports
Review of advisory committee and committee meetings.
• Sea Turtle
• Strategic Habitat Area - Region Two

Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Commercial Hook-and-Line Public Meetings
– Michelle Duval
Review advisory committee/public input on allowing this fishery and resolve of gear
permit requirements for upcoming season.
• Select management options for upcoming season**

Spotted Seatrout FMP
– Chip Collier
Review management options to end overfishing within two years of final plan adoption
and vote to send out to advisory committees/public meetings.
• Vote to send out to advisory committee/public meetings review**

Estuarine Striped Bass FMP Amendment 1
– Charlton Godwin and Katy West
Review plan amendment and vote to send out to advisory committees/public meetings.
• Vote to send out to advisory committee/public meetings review**

Blue Crab FMP Amendment 2
– Laura Lee, Ray Mroch and Lynn Henry
Review the Division of Marine Fisheries’ stock assessment for blue crabs.

Stock Status Update
– Kathy Rawls
Review of the Division of Marine Fisheries’ annual stock status report.

Fishery Management Plan Schedule
– David Taylor
• Approval of Five-Year Schedule**

Rule Suspensions
– David Taylor
The commission must vote to continue suspension of any rules the Division of Marine Fisheries
Director has suspended by proclamation.
• Vote on Rule Suspension for Spotted Seatrout**
• Vote on Rule Suspension for Gill Net Yardage Restrictions**

Rulemaking Update (Included with above audio link)
• Hearing Reminder – Sept. 14, 6 p.m., Central District Office, Morehead City
Temporary and Permanent Rulemaking
The commission will review proposed temporary and permanent rules for procedures for requesting a
declaratory ruling and disposition of a request for a declaratory ruling.
• Vote on Submission of Temporary Rules to OAH**
• Vote on Approval of Notice of Text for Rulemaking**

Director’s Report
Reports and updates of recent Division of Marine Fisheries activities.
• Legislative Update
− Review of Fisheries-Related Bills from the 2011 General Assembly
• Budget Update
• South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Louis Daniel
Recurring Updates
(end of day 1)

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan – Jimmy Johnson
• Approval of 2011/2013 Implementation Plan**

SCFL Eligibility Report/Set Eligibility Pool Cap
– Rich Carpenter
Each year the commission must set a cap on the number of Standard Commercial Fishing
Licenses in the License Eligibility Pool.
• Set Eligibility Pool Cap**

Director's Report
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Update

Shellfish Sanitation/Recreational Water Quality Section Overview
Patti Fowler
• Protected Resources Update – Red Munden
− Incidental Take Permit
− Observer Program
− Sea Turtle Settlement Agreement Modifications
• Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Red Munden


Declaratory Ruling on Mechanical Harvest of Clams
– Mike Marshall

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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