November 20, 2017
Marine Fisheries Commission Goes Forward with
Plan for No Recreational Cobia Season Closure
Carolina will put forward a three-year plan for recreational vessel
limits for cobia that does not include a closed season.
Marine Fisheries Commission voted last week to propose management
measures for 2018-2020 to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Commission as follows:
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which is an interstate
board with federal authority to manage migratory fish in state waters
on the East Coast, recently approved an Interstate Fishery Management
Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia for state waters from Georgia
to New York. The interstate plan complements federal regulations,
setting a recreational bag limit of one-fish per person and a minimum
size limit of 36 inches fork length. It also sets state-specific
recreational harvest targets that allow individual states to set vessel
limits (up to six fish per vessel) and seasons to best suit their needs.
are required to submit an implementation plan to the Atlantic States
Marine Fisheries Commission for approval, and management measures are
required to be in place by April 1. Should the proposed plan not meet
technical review, revised measures will need to be submitted.
commission also asked the Division of Marine Fisheries to study
developing a mandatory reporting program for recreational cobia catch.
In other business, the Marine Fisheries Commission voted to:
- One fish per person, not to exceed four fish per vessel, for charter boats.
- One fish per person, not to exceed two fish per vessel, for private boats.
to the Governor’s Office Anna Beckwith, Robert Lorenz and Tom Roller as
nominations for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council at-large
to the Governor’s Office Sara Winslow, Roger Rulifson and Joseph Smith
as nominations for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at-large
- Send the draft Region 4 Strategic Habitat Area report out for public comment at advisory committee meetings.
- Approve the 2018-2020 Biennial Implementation Plan to the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
the Division of Marine Fisheries to study reporting issues concerning
finfish landings that are caught with a Standard Commercial Fishing
License and not sold, and to report to the commission in February with
proposals for resolutions of the issues.
the chairman to appoint a committee of commission members to develop a
definition of a commercial fisherman, with staff support from the
Division of Marine Fisheries, and to update the commission at its
a letter to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council highlighting the importance of
the summer flounder fishery in North Carolina and requesting that
proposed management concerning quota allocation include a broad range
of options that considers the historic fisheries of the member states.