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May 28, 2015

Flounder and Sheepshead Management Update

Pat McCrory, Governor                                            
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary
  
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                              
Date: May 28, 2015                                                                                 Phone: 252-726-7021

                                                                                                 
Marine Fisheries Commission moves forward with southern flounder management

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission moved forward with southern flounder and sheepshead management at its meeting last week.

The commission chose six potential management proposals to include in a draft supplement to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan that the commission will put out for public review.

The six options range in impacts to different fisheries and gears. They can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/may-2015-briefing-book.

The commission decided to hold a public comment period from June 10 to July 10 and include a public meeting as well. Details of the comment period, with the location, date and times of the meeting, will be announced later.

The commission also chose the following management measures for sheepshead:

10-inch fork length minimum size limit (all commercial and recreational fisheries)
10-fish bag limit (recreational)
10-fish per person per day limit or per trip limit if multi-day trip (commercial spears and gigs)
300-pound trip limit (all other commercial gears, except pound nets)

Sheepshead is a highly sought recreational fish and is caught in a variety of commercial fisheries. Until 2012, sheepshead was managed under the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan, and was included in a 20-fish snapper-grouper recreational bag limit aggregate. When sheepshead was removed from the South Atlantic plan, management of the fishery was left up to the state.

The new sheepshead regulations will be implemented by a proclamation later this week, and be effective June 1.
  
In other business, the commission voted to:

Review the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan in 2017 instead of this year, aligning the review with a statutorily required five-year review schedule. The decision followed a presentation on the latest stock assessment that showed that the stock is not overfished and overfishing is not occurring.
Fund up to $10,000 from the Marine Fisheries Commission Conservation Fund for the James Francesconi Memorial Artificial Reef project
Begin the rulemaking process this summer to adopt an amendment to the N.C. Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan later this year.
Proceed with a review of the N.C. Kingfish Fishery Management Plan as an information update, which means no management changes are proposed.

Audio of the meeting can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/may-2015-briefing-book. For more information, contact Nancy Fish in the Marine Fisheries Commission Office at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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)
Tricia.Smith@ncdenr.gov

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny


May 18, 2015

DENR.DMF.NewsRelease 2014 Harvest Reports

North Carolina DENR DMF News Release:



Commercial fishing harvest
increases, recreational harvest decreases in 2014



MOREHEAD CITY – North Carolina’s commercial fishing harvest
increased by 23 percent in 2014, boosted by higher landings of blue crabs,
spiny dogfish and summer flounder.

Commercial fishermen sold 61.7 million pounds of fish and
shellfish to North Carolina fish dealers last year, according the N.C. Division
of Marine Fisheries’ Commercial Trip Ticket Program. It was the first year
commercial fisheries landings rose since 2010, an upward tick in a long
declining trend since the late 1990s.

The estimated dockside value of the commercial harvest
climbed 19 percent in 2014 to $93.8 million, continuing an increasing trend
since 2011.

Recreational fishermen harvested approximately 9.6 million
fish, weighing about 9 million pounds in 2014, a 25 percent decrease in pounds
from 2013, according to the division’s Coastal Angling Program. It is 29
percent lower than the average of recreational landings from 2010 to 2013.

Commercial

As usual, hard blue crabs topped the state’s commercial
harvest in 2014, followed by spiny dogfish, shrimp, summer flounder and
Atlantic croaker.

Commercial fishermen sold 2.9 million pounds of summer
flounder to North Carolina dealers in 2014 – five times more than in 2013. The
increase was a direct result of a more restrictive state policy on allowing
boats to land their harvest in Virginia and other states. In previous years,
the state allowed more boats to do this because of shallow waters in Oregon
Inlet. It required North Carolina to transfer much of its summer flounder quota
to other states, causing federal quota allocation concerns.

Hard blue crab harvests increased by 18 percent from 2013,
as the number of fishing trips with crab pots rose by 5 percent and the average
catch of hard blue crabs in the pot fishery increased by 42 pounds per trip.
The estimated dockside value of blue crabs in North Carolina rose by 13
percent, as well.

Spiny dogfish landings rose by 88 percent to 5.7 million
pounds due to an increase in the state’s allotted quota.

Shrimp harvests decreased by 4 percent from 2013 to 4.7
million pounds in 2014.

Atlantic croaker landings increased 36 percent to 2.6
million pounds.
Overall, commercial finfish harvests increased by 34 percent
to 29.4 million pounds in 2014. Shellfish and crustacean harvests increased by
15 percent to 32 million pounds.
  
Recreational

The top recreationally harvested fish (in pounds) in 2014
were dolphin, bluefish, yellowfin tuna, spot and red drum.

Recreational dolphin landings decreased by 14 percent to 1.3
million pounds, bluefish landings decreased by 3 percent to 961,222 pounds,
yellowfin tuna landings decreased by 37 percent to 913,785 pounds.

Red drum harvests decreased by 12 percent to 598,166 pounds,
after the highest landings on record in 2013.

Spot, however, returned to the top five after an absence
since 2007. Recreational spot harvests increased by 53 percent in 2014 to
704,445 pounds.

While the number of private boat and for-hire fishing trips
dropped by 18.7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, the number of beach and
bank fishing trips increased by 37.3 percent.

For a full landings report, click on the 2014 Annual
Fisheries Bulletin link at
http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/marine-fisheries-catch-statistics.

For more information, contact division License and
Statistics Section Chief Don Hesselman
 at 252-808-8099 or
Don.Hesselman@ncdenr.gov.

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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)
Tricia.Smith@ncdenr.gov


http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny




















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May 11, 2015

DENR.DMF.Polluted.Area.Proclamations PA-42-2015

Polluted Area Proclamations:

PA-42-2014    PA-42-2015
 SHELLFISH POLLUTED AREAS

Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, upon the recommendation of Robin Cummings, M.D., Acting State Health Director, Department of Health and Human Services, hereby announces that the following shellfish area temporary closures will take effect immediately:

No person shall take or attempt to take any oysters, clams or mussels or possess, sell or offer for sale any oysters, clams or mussels taken from the following polluted areas:

Click link
http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamations-polluted-areas


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

May 3, 2015

The Crystal Coast Surf Fishing Challenge

Announcing The Crystal Coast Surf Fishing Challenge, a brand-new event Fisherman's Post is bringing to the beachfront from Fort Macon to Bogue Inlet on the weekend of May 15-17. 

You can pre-register anytime leading up to the official Registration on Friday, May 15, and then fish round-the-clock all weekend and celebrate at the Awards Dinner & Ceremony on Sunday, May 17.
  
For more information, contact Max Gaspeny at (910) 409-8379 or surf@fishermanspost.com.

May 15 - 17, 2015
Emerald Isle - Salter Path 
Pine Knoll Shores - Atlantic Beach 

CRYSTAL COAST SURF QUICK FACTS

Four Divisions: Bluefish, Flounder, Black Drum, and Sea Mullet
Entry Fee: $55 per angler before May 4; $65 per angler after May 4 (one entry fee gets you in all four divisions except Red Drum Calcutta)
Red Drum Calcutta: $25 per angler (Red Drum Calcutta is optional-it is offered as another way for tournament participants to win money)
Over $8,000 in cash and prizes (based on 200 entries)

BOUNDARIES
Must fish from a Crystal Coast beach.
No boats - No sound or pier fishing.

THREE WEIGH-IN LOCATIONS
Reel Outdoors, Chasin' Tails Outdoors, and Freeman's Bait & Tackle 

CRYSTAL COAST SURF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 
  
PRE-REGISTRATION 
Pay in person at Reel Outdoors, Freeman's Bait and Tackle, and Chasin' Tails Outdoors
        Pay over the phone: (910) 409-8379
        Pay by mail: Fisherman's Post, 1320 Audubon Blvd., 
  Wilmington, NC 28403
        Pay online using PayPal at www.FishermansPost.com, (Click on "Tournaments" and then "Crystal Coast Surf Fishing Challenge")

REGISTRATION 
Friday, May 15, from 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

FISHING TIME STARTS
Friday, May 15, 12:00 midnight

FISHING TIME ENDS
Sunday, May 17, 12:00 noon

 AWARDS DINNER
Sunday, May 17, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
under the big tent at Reel Outdoors

 AWARDS CEREMONY  
Sunday, May 17, 2:00 pm
under the big tent at Reel Outdoors

CRYSTAL COAST SURF RAFFLE  
immediately following Awards Ceremony
CRYSTAL COAST SURF PAYOUTS
(based on 200 entries)
 
 
   

Till next time,
Tight lines!
Johnny

May 1, 2015

Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board to meet

For anyone that may be interested ............


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Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board to meet


N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                               
Date: May 1, 2015                                                                                   Phone: 252-726-7021



MOREHEAD CITY – The Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Board to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will meet at 10 a.m. May 12 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City.

The board will consider applications postponed from the previous meeting and other applications deemed complete for the meeting.

The board meets two to three times per year to consider license applications. For directions on applying for a commercial fishing license, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/commercial-fishing-license-information and click on the link to Eligibility Pool Application.



NCDENR - Commercial Fishing License Information



Till next time....

Tight lines!

Johnny

April 29, 2015

Blues at Surf City Pier / First spanish of the season also caught today

I went fishing on SCP this morning. Caught a nice blue, 17 inches long. Blue filets for supper. Got her soaking in Franks Hot Sauce.  I saw two nice black drum, one was 7 lb, (caught by new Fishin' Topsail member Kim), the other blue was not quite as big. Big Tim caught another sheepshead this morning. He had two more he caught yesterday evening. The water was very calm, to calm for mullet or spot fishing. There were a good supply of blues, anyone willing to walk to the piers end could coax a blue to hit a gotcha plug.

The big news today, for me anyway, was the catching of the first spanish mackerel by Fishin' Topsail Facebook member Tyler Crumpler.   Congrats to Kim, Big Tim, and Tyler for their catches. I met new friends on the pier yesterday and today, and saw some good old friends as well.  Also shout out to Norman who came all the way from Nashville Tennessee just to fish from Surf City Pier.

If you haven't gotten to Surf City Pier house to get your new "The Piers of Topsail Island" T-Shirts, they are selling out fast. Don't wait, it would be a shame to miss these great T-Shirts!



Sand fleas are in the surf, but mostly holding in water about a 12 or 14 inches deep. Got to dig for them, but they are there.

Had a Surf City Pier Grill hotdog for lunch.  Man, just as good as last year!

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny


April 28, 2015

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee


Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Steering Committee
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall
U.S. 17, Washington
May 7, 2015
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

AGENDA

1)      Welcome and Introductions

2)      Public Comment

3)      Update Regarding Habitat and Water Quality Related Legislation

4)      Review of the CHPP Revision Process and Current Timeline

5)      Review of Updated Chapters

6)      Discussion of Priority Issues By CHPP Steering Committee and Team

7)      Issues From Commissioners

8)      Other Business

9)      Next Meeting

10)  Adjourn

      These meetings are open to the public, with time set aside for public comment. 
      See #2 above. Make your voice heard.

Contact information
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)


Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

NCDENR - Proclamation : CRAB, EEL, FISH AND SHRIMP POTS PT-2-2015:





NCDENR - Proclamation PT-2-2015:



Dr. Louis B. Daniel III, Director, Division of Marine Fisheries, hereby announces that effective at 12:01 A.M., Friday, May 1, 2015 until midnight, November 30, 2015, the following will apply to crab, eel, fish and shrimp pots:

POTS MAY BE SET IN THE AREAS DESCRIBED BELOW:

Read More Here





Here is the link to the maps.



Till next time....

Tight lines!

Johnny





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April 21, 2015

[DENR.DMF.NewsRelease] New fisheries rules go into effect May 1

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Read his news release HERE.


Pat McCrory, Governor                                             
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary



N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                               
Date: April 21, 2015                                                                                Phone: 252-726-7021

New fisheries rules go into effect May 1

MOREHEAD CITY – Several new rules pertaining to various issues, including implementation of the shrimp, river herring, eel and bay scallop fishery management plans, will go into effect May 1.

Rules implementing an amendment to the N.C. Shrimp Fishery Management Plan include:
  • Modifying the definition of mesh length to apply to diamond-mesh and square-mesh nets in support of a management strategy to require an additional bycatch reduction device in skimmer and otter trawls, which can include a square-mesh T-90 panel.
  • Codifying an existing management strategy prohibiting the use of trawl nets, except skimmer trawls, upstream of the N.C. 172 Bridge over the New River in Onslow County to continue reducing bycatch.
  • Clarifying the Division of Marine Fisheries director’s proclamation authority for shrimp harvest restrictions;
  • Establishing a maximum combined headrope length of 220 feet in all internal coastal waters where there are no existing maximum combined headrope requirements, allowing for a phase-out period until Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Allowing cast-netting of shrimp in all areas otherwise closed to shrimping and increasing the harvest limit in these areas to 4 quarts, heads-on, or 2 ½ quarts, heads-off.
  • Prohibiting shrimp trawling in the Intracoastal Waterway channel from the Sunset Beach Bridge to the South Carolina line, including the Shallotte River, Eastern Channel and lower Calabash River, to protect small shrimp.

Rules implementing an amendment to the N.C. River Herring Fishery Management Plan include:
  • Removing blueback herring and alewife from the exemption for possession of mutilated finfish.
  • Changing the boundary coordinates of the Anadromous Fish Spawning Area to reflect companion changes previously made to the Albemarle Sound and Roanoke River management areas.
  • Relocating the description and boundaries of the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound River Herring Management Areas from Subchapter 03J to Subchapter 03R in the rulebook for improved organization and public clarity.

Rules Implementing Addendum III to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Fishery Management Plan for American Eel include:
  • Requiring a minimum mesh length of one-half by one-half inch for eel pots, with a phase-in period until Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Increasing the American eel minimum size limit to 9 inches, decreasing the recreational bag limit to 25 fish and implementing a Sept. 1 - Dec. 31 season closure, unless the eels are taken with baited pots.

Rules to implement an amendment to the N.C. Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan include:
  • Making bay scallops rules consistent with those of other shellfish species grown on private bottom by exempting leaseholders and aquaculture operations from the public bottom commercial season, gear and harvest limits and allowing for the sale of cultured bay scallops. 
  • Eliminating the Aug. 1 through Sept. 15 bay scallop season and lower the maximum daily commercial harvest possession limit to be consistent with adaptive management trip limit measures.

Rules impacting for-hire fishing operations and ocean fishing piers include:
  • Eliminating the current For-Hire Permit and Coastal Recreational Fishing License blanket licenses and replace them with a captain’s for-hire license, a blanket for-hire vessel license, and a non-blanket for-hire vessel license, to be consistent with current state law.
  • Combining two separate ocean pier licenses into one Ocean Fishing Pier License with the same net cost. 

Other rules effective May 1 include:
  • Updating and relocating a rule that provides the Division of Marine Fisheries director’s authority to issue proclamations to resolve user conflicts concerning public trust resources.
  • Updating the name of a canal in Brunswick County.
  • Removing the permit fee for the Atlantic Ocean Striped Bass Commercial Gear Permit, which is now provided in statute, and eliminating theNov. 1 deadline to purchase the annual permit.
  • Correcting an error in the inland/coastal waters boundary line in Queens Creek, Onslow County.
  • Correcting grammatical errors and spacing in several rules.
  • Modifying rules pertaining to the Division of Marine Fisheries director’s proclamation authority, for consistency.

The rules will be included in 2015 North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Rules (2015 rulebook) and will be posted online athttp://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/rules-and-regulations by May 1.

For more information contact Catherine Blum, with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8014 or Catherine.Blum@ncdenr.gov.

April 11, 2015

Coastal Recreational Fishing License Meeting

Pat McCrory, Governor                                             
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary



N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                               
Date: April 7, 2015                                                                                  Phone: 252-726-7021

Fisheries Commission Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY – The Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 17 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.

The committee will discuss and be asked to approve the 2015 Request for Proposal Application.

The committee will also be asked to release the 2015-2016 fiscal year funding for multi-year grants that were awarded in prior years.

A full agenda is attached.

For more information, contact Coastal Recreational Fishing License Grants Coordinator Wayne Johannessen at 252-808-8004 orWayne.Johannessen@ncdenr.gov.

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Marine Fisheries Commission
Coastal Recreational Fishing License Committee Meeting
DMF Headquarters
3441 Arendell Street
Friday, April 17 9:30 AM

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

April 8, 2015

The Finfish Advisory Committee - Agenda April 15, 2015




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Pat McCrory, Governor                                             
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary



N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                  Contact: Patricia Smith                               
Date: April 7, 2015                                                                                  Phone: 252-726-7021

Finfish Advisory Committee to meet

MOREHEAD CITY – The Finfish Advisory Committee to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet at  6 p.m. April 15 at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City.

The committee is scheduled to discuss potential management measures for the North Carolina sheepshead population.

A full agenda is attached. 

For more information, contact Kathy Rawls at 252-808-8074 or Kathy.Rawls@ncdenr.org, or Lee Paramore at 252-473-5734 orLee.Paramore@ncdenr.gov.

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Finfish Advisory Committee

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, NC

April 15, 2015



6 p.m.              Call to Order*
                        Vote on the Approval of the Agenda**
                        Vote on the Approval of the Minutes from October 14, 2014**

6:05 p.m.         Review of the Draft Issue Paper –Determine Need For and Impacts of Sheepshead Size, Creel, and Trip Limits in North Carolina – Stephen Taylor
Receive a presentation to consider the need for management of sheepshead
·         Receive public comment on the draft issue paper
·         Vote on Agenda Item**

7 p.m.              Public Comment
Receive public comment on fisheries management issues under the scope of the committee.

7:30 p.m.         Marine Fisheries Commission Update – Kathy Rawls
                       
7:40 p.m.         Adjourn



* Times indicated are merely for guidance.  The committee will proceed through the agenda until completed.
**Action Items   
***Applies only to Marine Fisheries Commission members

N.C.G.S. 138A-15(e) mandates at the beginning of any meeting of a board, the chair shall remind all members of their duty to avoid conflicts of interest under Chapter 138. The chair also shall inquire as to whether there is any known conflict of interest with respect to any matters coming before the board at that time.*** 

N.C.G.S. 143B-289.54(g)(2) states a member of the Marine Fisheries Commission shall not vote on any issue before the Commission that would have a "significant and predictable effect" on the member's financial interest. For purposes of this subdivision, "significant and predictable effect" means there is or may be a close causal link between the decision of the Commission and an expected disproportionate financial benefit to the member that is shared only by a minority of persons within the same industry sector or gear group. A member of the Commission shall also abstain from voting on any petition submitted by an advocacy group of which the member is an officer or sits as a member of the advocacy group's board of directors. A member of the Commission shall not use the member's official position as a member of the Commission to secure any special privilege or exemption of substantial value for any person. No member of the Commission shall, by the member's conduct, create an appearance that any person could improperly influence the member in the performance of the member's official duties. ***

Commissioners having questions about a conflict of interest or appearance of conflict should consult with counsel to the Marine Fisheries Commission or the secretary’s ethics liaison. Upon discovering a conflict, the commissioner should inform the chair of the commission in accordance with N.C.G.S. 138A-15(e). ***

                                                                                                           



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)

Email correspondence to and from this address is subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties unless the content is exempt by statute or other regulation.


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Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny