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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

April 3, 2015

17-lb., 9.6-oz. GIANT Largemouth BassZilla

Georgia Outdoor News Magazine just certified this 17-lb., 9.6-oz. GIANT BassZilla From Coweta County. This largemouth bass is Georgia’s new No. 4 of all-time and the heaviest bass we’ve seen since 1987. Congrats to Keith Watkins, of Douglasville. Details at www.gon.com.


Wow!

Till next time....
Tight lines!
Johnny

April 2, 2015

DENR / DMF Polluted Area Proclamations

This proclamation closes
certain shellfish leases which will contain shellfish relayed from polluted areas for natural depuration.



effective sunrise, Monday, April 6, 2015

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 effective sunrise, Monday, April 6, 2015
, the following privately controlled shellfish bottoms as indicated below are closed to the harvest of oysters, clams and mussels:

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 privately controlled shellfish bottoms:

Proclamation PA-34-2015 can be found here once the DMF website is updated.


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