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November 21, 2016

Smith, Tricia

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Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. van der Vaart                   

 Release: Immediate    Contact: Patricia Smith
 Date: Nov. 21, 2016  Phone: 252-726-7021

Chairman to allow public comment on petition that would impact shrimp trawling

MOREHEAD CITY – The chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission said he intends to allow public comment on a petition for rulemaking calling for habitat protections that, if adopted, would impact shrimp trawl fishing in most North Carolina waters.

The petition was submitted Nov. 2 by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and the commission has 120 days from that date to grant or deny the request.

Chairman Sammy Corbett outlined the petition review procedure at the commission’s business meeting last week.

First, the petition must be deemed complete. Under state law, a person may petition any agency or commission to adopt or change a rule by submitting a written rulemaking petition that contains the proposed text of the requested rule change and a statement of the effect of the requested rule change. Commission rules require additional information.

If the petition is deemed complete, Corbett said he intends to take public comment through the commission’s advisory committees, possibly at a joint advisory committee meeting similar to one held in 2013 on a similar petition.

The commission will then discuss and vote on the petition at its February meeting.

The petition asks the commission to designate all coastal fishing waters (including the ocean out to three miles) not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.

Specific requests of the petition include limiting shrimp trawling to three days a week in the daytime only, limiting the total trawl head rope to 90 feet, limiting tow times to 45 minutes, and opening the Pamlico Sound shrimp season based on a count of 60 shrimp per pound, heads on.

In other business, the commission voted to:
·         Send a letter from the full commission endorsing changes in the criteria for receiving a Standard Commercial Fishing License in North Carolina, which is the main license required for a fisherman to commercial fish and sell his catch. Recommended changes include limiting this license to full-time commercial fishermen and creating part-time and heritage commercial fishing licenses for other purposes.
·         Forward the names of Dewey Hemilright, Chris Hickman, Jeff Oden and Brent Fulcher to the Governor’s Office for consideration for nominees to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council obligatory seat.
·         Authorize the issuance of a proclamation to prohibit gill nets within 200 feet of a specific dock in the Martin’s Point area of Currituck Sound to address a user conflict. The commission also authorized further proclamations prohibiting gill nets within 200 feet of docks in a 2 ½-mile area of southern Currituck Sound from Martins Point to Wright Memorial Bridge should other user conflicts occur.
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Patricia Smith
Public Information Officer
Division of Marine Fisheries
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

252 808 8025    office
252 342 0642    mobile
Tricia.Smith@ncdenr.gov

PO. Box 769
3441 Arendell St.

Morehead City, N.C. 28557

November 10, 2016

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Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

Pat McCrory, Governor

Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary

Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Nov. 9, 2016
Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues.

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, and recommend management strategies. Committees may also bring 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 be qualified 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 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 Dec. 7 to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Nancy Fish.


1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699

November 8, 2016

Wading The Backwaters For Black Drum! - Fresh Shrimp For Bait!

After an unsuccessful morning on the pier, these anglers took it to the creeks! They waded out to reach the "honey-hole" and it seems that one guy was the only one that knew how to catch em! Better luck next time guys!

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November 4, 2016

Winston-Salem anglers catch 94.8-pound wahoo - Carolina Sportsman News Breaker, NC

Robert Shelton and Steven Trottier were making one last pass near the Big Rock off Cape Lookout when this 94.8-pound wahoo hit their skirted ballyhoo. Great Story. Click the link below to read it on the Carolina Sportsman magazine.

Winston-Salem anglers catch 94.8-pound wahoo - Carolina Sportsman News Breaker, NC



October 30, 2016

How to make a double rig for bottom fishing

[DENR.DMF.Proclamation] M-23-2016 GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA – PORTIONS OF MANAGEMENT UNIT A – OPENS

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This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-21-2016, dated October 13, 2016. This proclamation opens additional portions of central and eastern Albemarle Sound in Management Unit A to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh size of 5 ½ through 6 ½ inches. It maintains small mesh gill net attendance throughout all open areas of Management Unit A, and maintains openings for the Currituck Sound and portions of western and central Albemarle Sound and tributaries in Management Unit A to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh size of 5 ½ through 6 ½ inches. It maintains a gill net closure for portions of Croatan and Roanoke Sounds (Section I.B.) except for gill nets described in Section IV. This action is being taken in order to allow directed gill net fisheries for various species and to minimize interactions with threatened and/or endangered sea turtles. 

SEE PROCLAMATION FOR FULL DETAILS – LINKS PROVIDED BELOW


    M-23-2016
                                                                        PROCLAMATION

RE: GILL NETS – ALBEMARLE SOUND AREA – PORTIONS OF MANAGEMENT UNIT A – OPENS
GILL NETS

This Proclamation opens additional portions of the central and eastern Albemarle Sound in Management Unit A to the use of gill nets while maEEintaining a gill net closure for portions of  Croatan and Roanoke Sounds to minimize interactions with threatened and/or endangered sea turtles. 

Braxton C. Davis, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:00 A.M., Monday, October 31, 2016 the following provisions shall apply to the use of gill nets in the following areas:

I.         MANAGEMENT UNIT A DESCRIPTION AND SPECIFIC AREA RESTRICTIONS (Map 1)
Management Unit A: encompasses all Internal Coastal Waters bound on the south by 35° 46.3000’ N latitude to the North Carolina/Virginia state line.  This includes Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan and Roanoke sounds and their tributaries.

A.    It is unlawful to use ANY gill nets (including those described in Section IV.) in the area southwest of a line from Black Walnut Point 35° 59.3833’ N - 76° 41.0060’ W; running southeasterly to a point 35° 56.3333’ N - 76° 36.0333’ W at the mouth of Mackey’s Creek, including Roanoke, Cashie, Middle and Eastmost Rivers.

B.    It is unlawful to use ANY gill nets (except as described in Section IV.) in the area south of a line beginning at a point 35° 53.1720’ N – 75° 45.6160’ W on the mainland shore near Manns Harbor; running easterly along the south side of the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge (Hwy 64 Bypass), continuing easterly along the south side of the Washington Baum Bridge (Hwy 64) to a point ending at 35° 54.3820’ N – 75° 35.9240’ W on the Outer Banks shore.

II.   GILL NET ATTENDANCE, MESH AND CONFIGURATION RESTRICTIONS
      A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net restrictions specified:

A.    It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 inches.

B.    It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 3 ¾ inches and less than 5 ½ inches.

C.    It is unlawful to use unattended gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 3 inches through 3 ¾ inches.

D.    It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length greater than 6 ½ inches.



PROCLAMATION M-23-2016
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E.    It is unlawful to fail to actively fish gill net sets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches at least once during a 24- hour period no later than noon each day.

F.    It is unlawful to use gill nets with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches unless the nets are:

1. Equipped with tie downs spaced no farther apart than 10 yards, restricting the vertical distance between the top and bottom lines to 48 inches or less; or

2.  Equipped with floats that do not exceed 2 inches in diameter and 6 inches in length placed a minimum of 10 yards apart, not to exceed 11 floats per 100 yards of net; and

3.  Set so as to fish the bottom and not to exceed a vertical height of 48 inches.

III.   GILL NET YARDAGE RESTRICTIONS
      A fishing operation, regardless of the number of vessels or persons involved, shall adhere to the gill net yardage restrictions specified:

A.    It is unlawful to use more than 800 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 3 inches through 4 inches in any combination per commercial fishing operation.

B.    It is unlawful to use more than 2,000 yards of gill net with a stretched mesh length of 5 ½ inches through 6 ½ inches per commercial fishing operation.

IV.   GEAR EXEMPTIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR ATTENDED, RUN-AROUND, STRIKE, DROP,
       AND DRIFT GILL NETS
A.  Exempted gear definitions:
1.  Runaround, strike, or drop gill nets - gill nets that are set and then are immediately retrieved.

2.  Drift gill nets - gill nets that are used to capture fish while being moved along by water currents and the net being actively fished and attended from deployment through retrieval.

B.  It is unlawful to use drift gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters portion of the Roanoke, Middle, Eastmost, Cashie, Chowan and Meherrin rivers and all other joint water tributaries of the Albemarle Sound Management Area as defined in N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15 NCAC 03R. 0201.

C.    It is unlawful to use run-around, strike, drift and drop gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 3 inches and greater than 4 inches.

D.    It is unlawful to use or possess more than 800 yards of run-around, strike, drift and drop gill net per commercial fishing operation.


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V.   GENERAL INFORMATION
A.    This proclamation is issued under the authority of N.C.G.S. 113-182; 113-221.1; and N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rules 15A NCAC 03J .0103.

B.    It is unlawful to violate provisions of any proclamation issued by the Fisheries Director under his delegated authority pursuant to N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03H .0103.

C.    The restrictions in this proclamation apply to gill nets used by Recreational Commercial Gear License holders except the allowed yardage in Section III and IV.  The allowed yardage for Recreational Commercial Gear License holders is described in N.C. Marine Fisheries Rule 15A NCAC .03O .0302 as well as Standard and Retired Commercial Fishing Licenses holders.

D.    Proclamation M-3-2014, dated February 3, 2014 prohibits the setting of gill nets in the Joint Fishing Waters of the state from midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday each week. Portions of Albemarle and Currituck sounds are exempt from that provision.

E.    N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03I .0113 specifies that it is unlawful for any licensee under Chapter 113, Subchapter IV of the General Statutes to refuse to allow the Fisheries Director or his agents to obtain biological data, harvest information, or other statistical data necessary or useful to the conservation and management of marine and estuarine resources from fish in the licensee’s possession. The Division of Marine Fisheries has implemented an observer program as an inspection procedure to obtain such data.

F.    The Division of Marine Fisheries has received Federal Incidental Take (ITP) permits for certain threatened or endangered sea turtles, and endangered Atlantic sturgeon. These ITPs allow legal continuation of the inshore gill net fisheries in North Carolina, subject to permit conditions. The ITP conditions are designed to avoid, minimize and mitigate interactions with these species. Permit conditions require the division to provide 7-10 percent observer coverage in the large mesh anchored gill net fishery and 1-2 percent observer coverage in the small mesh anchored gill net fishery in internal coastal waters.  If the required coverage is not maintained, large and small mesh anchored gill nets could be prohibited in all Internal Coastal Waters statewide.

G.    The intent of this proclamation is to manage allowable gill nets in Management Unit A while minimizing interactions with threatened and/or endangered species.

H.    Proclamation M-24-2014, dated July 31, 2014 requires holders of a Standard Commercial Fishing License (SCFL), Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License (RSCFL), or Recreational Commercial Gear License (RCGL) who deploy gill nets in Internal Coastal Waters with the exception of run around, strike, drop or drift gill nets, to possess a valid Estuarine Gill Net Permit issued by the Division of Marine Fisheries.

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I.       In accordance with FF-3-2016 it is unlawful to possess flounder in Internal Coastal Waters taken from anchored large mesh gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 6 inches.  In accordance with FF-4-2016 it is unlawful for Recreational Commercial Gear License holders to possess flounder in anchored large mesh gill nets with a stretched mesh length less than 6 inches.  These regulations are implemented in accordance with Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.  See listed proclamations for full details.

J.     In accordance with N.C. General Statute 113-221.1(c) all persons who may be affected by proclamations issued by the Fisheries Director are under a duty to keep themselves informed of current proclamations.

K.    Contact N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632 for more information or visit the division website at www.ncmarinefisheries.net

L.     This proclamation supersedes Proclamation M-21-2016, dated October 13, 2016. This proclamation opens additional portions of central and eastern Albemarle Sound in Management Unit A to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh size of 5 ½ through 6 ½ inches. It maintains small mesh gill net attendance throughout all open areas of Management Unit A, and maintains openings for the Currituck Sound and portions of western and central Albemarle Sound and tributaries in Management Unit A to the use of gill nets with a stretched mesh size of 5 ½ through 6 ½ inches. It maintains a gill net closure for portions of Croatan and Roanoke Sounds (Section I.B.) except for gill nets described in Section IV. This action is being taken in order to allow directed gill net fisheries for various species and to minimize interactions with threatened and/or endangered sea turtles. 
                                                           By: 
                                                             Braxton C. Davis, Director
                                                      DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES
October 28, 2016
1:00 P.M.
M-23-2016

/kbr

October 28, 2016

Awesome Black Drum or Red Drum and even Flounder Recipe!!!





Published on Oct 27, 2016
Here is a Really Good Recipe for Black & Red Drum and even Flounder.

Ingredients/Recipe:
House of Autry (Breader)
Itailian Seasoning Panko Bread Crumbs
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
Old Bay Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
Mix all this Together!

Mix 3-4 Eggs (Depends on how much
fish you will be cooking), with Milk and
Salt & Pepper in a bowl

Dip your Fish Pieces in the Egg & Milk,
then roll in Breader and Bread Crumbs,
then place in hot Canola Oil until
Goldened Brown. Once the pieces are
done you can squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice
over them.

This is how I like to cook my Black & Red Drum, and Flounder. In my opinion, Black & Red Drum are better than Flounder if you cook it right! Just my opinion though.
Let me know if you have any questions.

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October 13, 2016

North Carolina will remain open for flounder fishing this fall

North Carolina will remain open for flounder fishing this fall

MOREHEAD CITY – North Carolina will remain open for flounder fishing this fall.

The state will not close flounder season on Oct. 16 for the recreational hook-and-line and gig fisheries, as was planned. The recreational flounder season will remain open with the current 15-inch minimum size limit and six-fish bag limit.

Flounder season will remain open for the anchored, large-mesh gill net fisheries, as well. However, there will still be a Dec. 1-31 commercial flounder season closure, as in previous years.

The changes are due to a recent court order whereby a judge issued a temporary injunction against these and other regulations adopted by the Marine Fisheries Commission. The commission adopted the changes in November 2015 as part of a supplement to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

The temporary injunction will remain in effect until a full hearing on a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina Fisheries Association against the state and the commission. No court date has been set for this hearing.

The judge also struck down a pound net quota and closure established under the flounder plan supplement.

Other provisions of the flounder plan supplement remain in place, including:
·         A 15-inch minimum size limit for the commercial fisheries.
·         A 6-inch minimum mesh size for anchored large-mesh gill nets.
·         A 5 ¾-inch escape panel for flounder pound nets.


Patricia Smith
Public Information Officer
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City, N.C. 28557
(252) 808-8025 (Office)
(252) 342-0642 (Mobile)

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