N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee will meet jointly
with the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource
Funding Committee at 10:30 a.m. April 26 at the Department of
Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington
Square Mall, Washington.
The two committees are scheduled to approve a memorandum of
understanding between them regarding the Commercial Fishing Resource
The committees are responsible for deciding how to spend money from the
fund, which receives partial proceeds from commercial fishing license
In 2014, the N.C. General Assembly approved a fee increase for six
commercial fishing licenses. The fee increase began in fiscal year
2015-2016. Under the law, proceeds from the increased fees goes into a
Commercial Fishing Resource Fund.
The fund pays for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations
under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon
under the federal Endangered Species Act. Without the incidental take
permits, the state’s gill net fisheries must close.
Any additional money from the fund is to be used for projects to
develop and support sustainable commercial fishing in the state.
Spending from the fund must be approved by the Marine Fisheries
Commission and the Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee, which
is made up of six commercial fishing representatives.
The Marine Fisheries Commission has delegated its funding decisions to
a Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund
Committee comprised of members of the commission holding the three
commercial fishing seats.
The meeting is open to the public. An agenda can be found here.
For more information, contact Beth Govoni, Grants program manager with the Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8015 or [email protected].