State certifies new state record golden tilefish

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has certified a new state record golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps). Robert M. Feldhaus, of Nags Head, caught the 52-pound fish in Oregon Inlet on Aug. 28. The previous state record golden tilefish weighed 46 pounds and was caught off Cape Hatteras in 2013. The International Game Fish Association all-tackle […]

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Marine Fisheries Commission seeks advisers

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen, scientists, and other interested parties to sit on various fisheries advisory committees. Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees – Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, […]

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Abandoned, derelict vessel removal work begins

A project began Monday to remove select abandoned and derelict vessels from the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. The North Carolina Coastal Federation is coordinating the project funded through a National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program grant award with Dare County and the state Division of Coastal Management. The goal of the project is […]

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Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee to meet by web conference Sept. 29

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee will meet by web conference Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. The committee is scheduled to select candidates for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Obligatory Seat. The committee’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Marine Fisheries Commission. Members of the public may join the meeting online or listen […]

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Judge will allow suit over N.C. fisheries management to move forward

A Raleigh judge says a lawsuit filed by dozens of North Carolina residents and a recreational fishing advocacy group against state regulators can move forward. The Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina, along with 86 other plaintiffs, filed the suit against the State of North Carolina in November over what they call “abject failure” to […]

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Marine Fisheries Commission approves 2021 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan for public review

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted Thursday to approve the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan 2021 Amendment for public comment and advisory committee review. The overarching goal of the CHPP is long-term enhancement of coastal fisheries through habitat protection and enhancement efforts. The 2021 Amendment contains a suite of recommendations focused on achieving this goal. The […]

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