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August 7, 2015

Marine Fisheries Commission meeting scheduled for Aug. 19-21 in Raleigh

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



N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Release: Immediate                                                                                         Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 6, 2015                                                                                         Phone: 252-726-7021

Marine Fisheries Commission meeting scheduled for Aug. 19-21 in Raleigh

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Aug. 19-21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone University Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

Public comment periods will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 and 9 a.m. Aug. 20. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for three minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Aug. 19 or Aug. 20 session, but not during both public comment periods.

The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21.
  
The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the commission, email or otherwise, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Those who wish to give handouts to the commission during the public comment periods should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.
  
The commission will offer a live webcast of the meeting. Up to 200 participants may listen to audio and view presentations in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. Directions for participating in the webcast, including information on system requirements and testing, can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/listen-online.
  
At this meeting, the commission is scheduled to select and approve management measures for Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1. The discussion is slated for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21.

In May, the commission chose six potential management proposals to take out for public review. The six options range in impacts to different fisheries and gears. They can be found at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/southern-flounder-current-topic.

Approved management measures could be implemented for this fall.

The commission is also scheduled to:
·   Receive a presentation on the the 2015 Stock Status Report;
·   Hear an update on adaptive management triggers for the blue crab fishery;
·   Vote to post draft information updates for the Interjurisdictional and Kingfish fishery management plans on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website for public review.
·   Approve a five-year fishery management plan schedule.

A meeting agenda and a full briefing book can be found at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-meetings.

For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@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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