MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen, scientists, and other interested parties to sit on various fisheries advisory committees.
Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans. Committees may also bring fisheries issues pertaining to their region or subject matter to the commission’s attention.
The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints members to these committees for three-year terms, and several terms will expire in January.
To qualify to serve on a committee, applicants must not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years. Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once every two months and actively participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers who complete the necessary paperwork will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in relation to their official duties. Adviser applications are available online here or at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Oct. 15, 2020 by email to Dana.Gillikin@ncdenr.gov or by mail to: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Dana Gillikin.
NOAA Fisheries Announces a Delay in Effective Date for New For-Hire Electronic Reporting Requirements in the AtlanticAugust 07, 2020 FB20-052: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: 833-707-1632 or firstname.lastname@example.org NOAA Fisheries is delaying the effective date of the final rule to implement the South Atlantic For-Hire Reporting Amendment. The final rule establishes electronic reporting requirements for vessels with a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Atlantic coastal migratory pelagics, or Atlantic dolphin and wahoo, or South Atlantic snapper-grouper and modifies the reporting deadline for headboats. WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:
The rule will be effective on January 4, 2021.
WHAT THIS MEANS:
No action is required by federally permitted charter fishermen at this time. NOAA Fisheries will send more information in the fall of 2020. If you have questions, please call 833-707-1632
The final rule requires weekly electronic reporting for federally permitted charter fishermen and modifies the reporting deadline for headboats starting January 4, 2021.
The requirements for weekly electronic reporting apply to charter vessels with a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Atlantic coastal migratory pelagics, or Atlantic dolphin and wahoo, or South Atlantic snapper-grouper.
Charter fishermen must report information such as trip start and end dates and times, species kept and discarded, fishing location, depth fished, hours fished, and charter fee.
Electronic reports from charter fishermen are due by Tuesday following the end of each reporting week, which runs from Monday through Sunday.
Charter fishermen can report using their computer, smartphone, or tablet with access to the internet. Reporting must be through software approved by NOAA Fisheries for this program. NOAA Fisheries will send information on approved software and how to use it through a toolkit mailed to each permit holder in fall of 2020. This information will also be posted to our website.
Headboat vessels with a federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Atlantic coastal migratory pelagics, or Atlantic dolphin and wahoo, or South Atlantic snapper-grouper will continue to submit reports to the Southeast Headboat Survey but will be required to submit electronic fishing reports by Tuesday following a reporting week, rather than by Sunday.
FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER:85 FR 47917, published August 7, 2020
Mobile Source Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program The North Carolina Division of Air Quality is accepting proposals to fund clean diesel projects. More than $616,000 is available for eligible projects through the Mobile Source Diesel Emission Reduction Grant program. The grants can be used to cover a wide range of projects including repowering non-road construction or agricultural equipment with cleaner burning engines, converting vehicles to run on alternative fuels and repowering a locomotive.
Individuals, businesses and organizations from the public and private sector are eligible to apply. The division will prioritize funding for non-road equipment projects, but proposals for on-road and locomotive projects will be considered if funding is available.
The 2019/2020 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. The purpose of DERA funding is to support projects designed to achieve significant diesel emissions reductions.
Starting July 15, anindividual or commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons, license holders or vessels involved, can possess, sell or offer for sale no more than 300 pounds of bluefish per day or per trip, whichever is more restrictive. The 2020 North Carolina commercial bluefish landings are higher than the commercial landings at this time in 2019. North Carolina bluefish landings from federally-permitted dealers through the end of June 2020 were 479,418 pounds compared to 420,153 pounds landed by federally-permitted dealers at the same time last year. These landings do not include those from state permitted dealers, which account for approximately 15% of North Carolina’s annual bluefish landings. North Carolina gets 32.06% of the coast wide quota, which is 887,058 pounds. The landings in 2019 exceeded this amount on September 23. Over 1.1 million pounds of bluefish were landed in North Carolina in 2019. A 300-pound trip limit will certainly impact some trips, and the trip limit might need to be lowered again based on the landings later this year. However, the impact from closing the commercial bluefish fishery in September is far greater. No commercial bluefish landings are allowed after the quota is reached, and it is very unlikely that North Carolina will be able to get a quota transfer from another state due to the low coast wide commercial quota (2.77 million pounds). In addition, any landings overage would be deducted from North Carolina’s commercial bluefish quota in a subsequent year.
Secretary of Commerce Allocates $65 Million for Fishery Disasters
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The North Carolina Watermen United organization represents the needs of our coastal communities by protecting the livelihood of the people who rely on fishing to make a living and provides a voice for fair regulations.
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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Daniel Pullen gave a voice to the fishing community with The Independent Waterman project. Click on the picture to learn more.