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UPDATE:  All five advisory panels vote against shrimp petition

At a meeting in New Bern yesterday, all five of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission advisory panels voted to recommend that the MFC deny a petition from the N.C. Wildlife Foundation to strengthen shrimp trawl regulations.

However, the fight to preserve shrimp trawling in North Carolina sounds and ocean waters is not over yet.
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Amendment to shrimp-trawling petition modifies proposals

An 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.  The amendment to the petition was 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.
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Petition calls for more limits on shrimp trawling

Shrimpers in North Carolina had a great year in 2016, likely because of unseasonably warm inshore waters into the winter. But a proposed tightening of shrimp trawling regulations could dash hopes of future such windfalls.
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Bonner Bridge work brings beneficial reef projects

If fishing reefs are the underwater version of condominiums, then the waters here will soon be the trendy new neighborhood for marine life.

Construction of a living shoreline reef is underway, to be followed in a few years by restoration of four existing reefs with demolished bridge material. And an entirely new reef is also being planned nearby in state waters, thanks to a grant funded by fishing license fees. 
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Jones calls for no more federal rules on Atlantic waters

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C. has continued his opposition to expansion of the marine sanctuary system off the Atlantic coast.  Jones and several congressional colleagues from the Atlantic seaboard are urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to reject the proposed nominations of Baltimore, Hudson and Norfolk canyons as marine sanctuaries under the National Marine Sanctuary Act.   
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Outer Banks Angling: Winding down...WITH VIDEO

After being hit by Hurricane Matthew and having a slower than normal start to some of the fall fishing, the winding down has been great.

Offshore fishermen have had some really good days chasing king mackerel. 
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MFC chairman to allow public comment on shrimp trawling petition

The chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission said he intends to allow public comment on a petition for rulemaking calling for habitat protections that, if adopted, would impact shrimp trawl fishing in most North Carolina waters. The petition was submitted Nov. 2 by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and the commission has 120 days from that date to grant or deny the request.
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Billfish Foundation presents prestigious award to Ernie Foster

The Billfish Foundation (TBF), the world’s leading sportfishing conservation organization for marlin, sailfish, spearfish and associated highly migratory fish, presented its most prestigious award, the John Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award, during its 30th anniversary gala on Nov. 4, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   The 2016 winners are Captain Ernie Foster of Hatteras, Captain Kelvin “Red” Bailey, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Bonnie Powell, Brandon, Fla. 
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Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise it on various fisheries issues. 
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State certifies new record cubera snapper, first record rainbow runner

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record cubera snapper and the first state record rainbow runner.

Randal Harmon of Morehead City caught the cubera snapper on Sept. 28 while fishing off Atlantic Beach on the Capt. Stacy headboat. 
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Outer Banks Angling: All about the drum

Red drum fishing really began in earnest after Hurricane Matthew passed us. There had been some fish caught from pier and surf before the storm, but catching the fishing really picked up afterward. 
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Frank & Fran's is changing hands, but Frank won't be gone for good

Frank & Fran’s, an iconic Avon tackle shop that’s been luring anglers for nearly 30 years,  will have new owners soon, but Frank Folb, the store’s co-owner who is arguably just as recognized as the shop itself, will still be around from time to time, so the new owners can make the transition as smooth as possible for regular customers. 
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The very best guide to charter fishing on the islands….WITH SLIDE SHOW

If you’ve never been fishing off Hatteras or Ocracoke, it’s definitely worth looking into.  The variety of trips, boats, captains, and species of fish available is quite impressive, and there are options that can accommodate almost any budget or interest.

That said, with so many options available, choosing the right charter can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. To make it a little bit easier, The Island Free Press has compiled a guide to Hatteras and Ocracoke charter fishing.  With answers to frequently asked questions, information on everything from choosing a boat to cleaning your fish, advice on making your trip more enjoyable, and pictures to rouse your inner angler, this guide is designed help get you off the docks and on the water. 
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