August 25, 2015
Marine Fisheries Commission delays
vote on southern flounder proposals
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission postponed action on
proposals for southern Flounder management that had been scheduled for
last week’s meeting.
During last week’s meeting, the board received a letter from N.C.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Donald van
der Vaart. Van der Vaart’s letter referenced and enclosed a letter he
received from multiple members of the N.C. General Assembly asking him
to temporarily rescind the commission’s authority to adopt a supplement
to the state’s Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.
Van der Vaart stated in his letter that he shared some of the
legislators’ concerns and reemphasized his sole focus of achieving
responsible management of southern flounder, while protecting the
rights of all those who rely on the fishery. After reviewing both
letters and noting the various concerns, Marine Fisheries Commission
Chairman Sammy Corbett removed the issue from the agenda.
The commission was scheduled to select and approve management measures
for southern flounder from six potential management proposals it had
taken out for public comment. 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.
The letters can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/southern-flounder-current-topic.
Once these concerns are addressed, the commission plans to hold a
meeting in September to address the southern flounder issue. Details of
the meeting date, time and location will be announced later.
In other business, the commission:
to the meeting, van der Vaart administered the oath of office to new
commission members Janet Rose and Keith Rhodes. Rose, of Moyock, fills
a commercial fisherman seat and Rhodes, a Wilmington chef, fills an
to post draft information updates for the inter-jurisdictional and
kingfish fishery management plans on the N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries’ website for public review.
- Approved a five-year fishery management plan schedule.