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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
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 6, 2015
Marine Fisheries Commission meeting scheduled for Aug. 19-21
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
The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 and 8:30 a.m.
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
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:
Approved management measures could be implemented for this
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:
For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission
Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.