N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has modified its agenda for this week’s meeting due to forecasted inclement weather. Two action items previously scheduled for votes on Friday have been moved to Thursday on the agenda. Those action items are:
A vote on suspension of a portion of 15A NCAC 03M.0511 to allow the continued reduction of the recreational bluefish creel limit as required by a joint regional and federal fishery management plan; and
A presentation and vote on proposed language to prepare for rulemaking to address user conflicts pertaining to shellfish leases as required by state law.
The meeting will be held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern, and will begin at 6 p.m. tonight, at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, and at 9 a.m. Friday (weather permitting).
Public comment periods are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. tonight and at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. On the agenda is "potential action to begin rulemaking for small mesh gill nets."
Industry Funded Economic Survey- It is very important that all fishermen fill out this survey when they receive it in the mail. This information is so NC can get an accurate value for our fishing industry.
Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment Scoping and public comment meeting Tuesday, Feb 25-6-8pm NCDMF Office 943 Washington St Washington NC
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) has scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment. Attached is the scoping document. There is one hearing scheduled in North Carolina as well as a webinar hearing: February 27, 2020, 6:00-7:30 PM – NC Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557 March 4, 2020, 6:00-7:30 PM – Internet webinar:http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/bf_allocation_rebuilding_scoping/, For audio-only access, dial 800-830-0736 and enter room number 5068609. In addition to providing comments at any of the scheduled scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods: ONLINE: http://www.mafmc.org/comments/bluefish-allocation-rebuilding-amendment EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org MAIL or FAX: Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council 800 North State Street, Suite 201 Dover, DE 19901 FAX: 302.674.5399
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Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers
- HERBERT HOOVER
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