amendment has been filed to a petition for rulemaking calling for
habitat protections that, if adopted, would impact shrimp trawl
fishing in most North Carolina waters.
to the petition,
submitted on Jan. 12 by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, the
environmental group that originally filed the petition for
rulemaking, to the Marine Fisheries Commission, makes the following
the original proposal to reduce the maximum headrope length to 90
feet on all shrimp trawls operating in North Carolina coastal
waters. The petitioner now requests that the maximum headrope length
be reduced from the current 220 feet to 90 feet in all internal
coastal fishing waters and to 110 feet in the Atlantic Ocean.
the original proposal to restrict trawling to three days a week in
special secondary nursery areas. The petitioner now requests
limiting trawling in special secondary nursery areas in internal
coastal fishing waters to three days per week, but allowing trawling
four days per week in the Atlantic Ocean.
that the Marine Fisheries Commission order a mesh selectivity study
to determine what mesh size will most effectively limit the harvest
of juvenile Atlantic croaker and spot, and once the study is
complete, adjust existing rules to reflect this data.
the Marine Fisheries Commission to immediately initiate rulemaking,
no later than Aug. 31, 2017, for petition measures adopted.
submitted Nov. 2, asks the Marine Fisheries Commission to designate
all coastal fishing waters (including the ocean out to three miles)
not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary
nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp
season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used
in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.
advisory committees to the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission
will meet jointly Tuesday to discuss and take public comment on the
petition, submitted by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The
meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront
Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern.
accommodate as many speakers as possible, those who wish to give
public comment at the meeting will be limited to three minutes per
person. Also, the public will not be allowed to bring signs inside
the meeting room.
public also may comment on the petition in writing until 5 p.m. Jan.
20 to NCWFPetition@ncdenr.gov
or to NCWF Petition, Marine Fisheries Commission Office, N.C.
Division of Marine Fisheries, PO Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
five advisory committees – Finfish, Shellfish/Crustacean, Habitat
and Water Quality, Northern Regional and Southern Regional – will
make recommendations to the commission, which will discuss and vote
on the petition at its Feb. 15-16 business meeting.