DECEMBER 19TH @ 1:00 The N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee will meet jointly with the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington. The two committees are scheduled to review and vote on recurring funding opportunities from the Commercial Fishing Resource Fund.
The Commercial Fishing Resource Fund receives money from an increase in commercial fishing license fees that took effect in 2015. The fund pays for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon under the federal Endangered Species Act. Any additional money left in the fund is to be used for projects to develop and support sustainable commercial fishing in the state. Spending for these projects must be approved by the Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee, which is made up of six commercial fishing representatives, and the Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee, comprised of members of the commission holding the three commercial fishing seats.
SOUTHERN FLOUNDER Amendment 3 Scoping Period The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public scoping period Dec. 4-18 to solicit public comments on potential management strategies for Amendment 3. The primary management strategy for Amendment 3 is long-term sustainable harvest in the southern flounder fishery.
Fisheries stakeholders can provide in-person comments at two scoping meetings that will be held:
Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
December 11 @ 6pm NC Department of Environmental Quality 127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Washington
Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. Dare County Government Complex Commissioners Meeting Room 954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Manteo
Beginning Dec. 4, comments can also be submitted through the division's website through an online form or by mail. A news release will be issued closer to the scoping period providing details on how the public can participate. A scoping document outlining the potential management strategies has been developed for the public.
Council Seeks Applicants for Federal Fishery Advisory Panels Applications are now being solicited for the following positions: Dolphin Wahoo Advisory Panel (1) Open Seat Habitat and Ecosystem-Based Management Advisory Panel (1) NC Seat; (1) SC Seat; and (1) FL Seat
Information and Education Advisory Panel (1) Recreational Seat and (1) Commercial Seat