The Division of Marine Fisheries Commission will hold it's regularly scheduled meeting from August 21-23. They are expected to vote on the Flounder Amendment 2 that was put forward at the special meeting that was called on June 6th. Click on the button to view a copy of the proposed Amendment. Meeting will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh-Brownstone -University in Raleigh, NC.
South Atlantic Fishery Managment Dolphin Wahoo AP Meeting - From 8:30 am to 12:00. This is a webinar only meeting but you can submit public comments through a link on the meeting page. Click below for additional informaiton.
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) has submitted another Petition for Rulemaking to the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC). Like the previous petition this one proposes severe restrictions on shrimp trawling in the internal waters of NC.
The NCWF Petition Proposes: 1-All internal coastal waters that are not currently designated as Nursery Areas or Trawl Prohibited Areas would receive the new designation of Shrimp Trawl Management Areas.
2-Opening shrimp season in Shrimp Trawl Management Areas one the shrimp count reaches 60 shrimp per pound (heads on) during sample tows in Pamlico Sound, or once the harvest of shrimp exceeds the harvest of juvenile fish during sample tows in the Pamlico Sound or June 15, whichever is earliest.
4-A Maximum headrope length of 110 feet on all shrimp trawls for all internal waters of NC.
These changes WILL NOT go into effect if the petition is approved during the August 2019 meeting, instead it will start the lengthy process that the previous petition went through before being deemed dead in February 2019.
The Commission will also be taking their final vote on Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder FMP at their August 2019 business meeting.
While multiple options ranging from a 31% reduction to a moratorium on harvest are still on the table, the Commissioners preferred option is to use season closures to achieve a 62% reduction in harvest in 2019 and a 72% reduction in 2020 for both Commercial and Recreational fisheries.
Both of these issues could be devastating to North Carolina’s coastal economy, so we encourage everyone to offer public comment to help guide the Commissioners in their deliberations.
Hatteras Village Day at the Docks - NCWU will have a tent set up on the docks, Stop by and talk with some of our Board members and check out the new merchandise
OBX Seafood Festival - NCWU will have a tent and be set up to answer questions about what is going on in the fishing industry. There will be contests and events for the commercial fishermen. More details will be posted as they become available.