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February 5, 2018

N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Feb. 14-15


N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Feb. 14-15 in Wrightsville Beach

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Feb. 14-15 at the Blockade Runner, 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach.
The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 and 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15
A public comment period will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 14. Members of the public may speak to the commission on any fisheries-related topic. The chairman will allow each speaker to comment for up to three minutes. No other public comment period is slated for this meeting.
The deadline for submitting written comments to the commission, including email, through the Marine Fisheries Commission Office, is Feb. 9. Those who wish to forego this process and give handouts to the commission during the public comment period should bring at least 12 copies of the handout.
The meeting agenda includes:
  • Voting on committee recommended changes to eligibility requirements for commercial fishing licenses (any changes will require legislative approval);
  • A report on a Southeast Regional Southern Flounder Stock Assessment;
  • A presentation on potential solutions to address shellfish lease conflicts; and
  • An update on analysis and recommendations for the striped mullet fishery.
A meeting agenda and briefing book materials can be found here.
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 here. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.
For more information, contact Nancy Fish in the Marine Fisheries Commission office at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

1601 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699

Till next time....
Tight Lines!

February 3, 2018

State certifies new state record red grouper

Caught by Robert L. Dean off Carolina Beach
35 pounds 11 ounces

Breece Gahl with Gag

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record red grouper.

Robert L. Dean of Creedmoor reeled in the 35-pound, 11-ounce fish June 10 while fishing on the Cheerio Lady charter boat in the Atlantic Ocean 43 miles off Carolina Beach.

The fish measured 37 inches total length (from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail) and had a girth of 37 inches.

The former state record for red grouper was 33 pounds, 8 ounces. It was caught off the coast of Atlantic Beach in 2007. The world all-tackle record for red grouper is 42 pounds, 4 ounces and was caught off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla. in 1997.

Dean caught his fish using cigar minnows and squid for bait on 80-pound line test with a custom rod and Penn 3/0 reel.

February 2, 2018