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State Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Aug. 17-19 in Raleigh
Pat McCrory, Governor
Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: Aug. 8, 2016
State Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Aug. 17-19 in
MOREHEAD CITY – The North Carolina Marine Fisheries
Commission will meet Aug. 17-19 at the Doubletree by Hilton University Brownstone,
1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
Public comment periods will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 and 9
a.m. Aug. 18. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three
minutes. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak
only once, either at the Aug. 17 or Aug. 18 session, but not during both public
The business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 18 and 8:30
a.m. Aug. 19.
The deadline for submitting written correspondence to the
commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office is
noon on Aug. 16. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the
commission during the public comment periods should bring at least 12 copies of
The public may listen to the meeting on the Internet. 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. Following the meeting, an audio
recording will be posted online.
Agenda items include:
· Approval of
a $21,412 grant from its Conservation Fund for a genetic study of striped bass
from the Central/Southern management area.
· Setting the number of Standard Commercial
Fishing Licenses to make available in an Eligibility Pool for the upcoming
Presentations on 2015 commercial and recreational landings and the 2016
Stock Status Report.
· An update on
a meeting between Division of Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Resources
Commission staff regarding management of striped bass in the Central/Southern
· Approval of
its annual schedule for Fishery Management Plan reviews.
· Approval of
an annual report on the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
the rulemaking process for a slate of 15 proposed rules to:
– Implement the
Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 and Oyster Fishery Management
Plan Amendment 4;
– Establish the
Permit for Weekend Trawling for Live Shrimp;
– Relocate a
2003 requirement for a permit for dealers transacting in spiny dogfish from
proclamation into rule;
penalties for gear larceny;
– Correct a
coordinate in a boundary for Wade Creek;
license requirements for leaseholder designees;
a rule delegating proclamation authority to the fisheries director to specify
time, area, means and methods, season, size, and quantity of spotted seatrout
harvested in North Carolina to allow for continued management under the North Carolina Spotted Seatrout
Fishery Management Plan due to an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
plan to remove spotted seatrout from its managed species.
– Modify the
fisheries director’s proclamation authority for the protection of public
– Align the
method of commencement of proceedings to suspend or revoke a fishing license,
permit, or certificate with other similar administrative proceedings by the
division and commission.
A full meeting agenda and 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.