The Marine Fisheries Commission meets Feb. 21-23 in New Bern

The Marine Fisheries Commission meets Feb. 21-23 in New Bern

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in person Feb. 21-23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Bern Riverfront, 100 Middle St., New Bern. The meeting will also be broadcast live on YouTube.

The meeting will begin at six o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, February 21; At 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 22; and at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 23. The Commission will hold in-person public comment sessions at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, and at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 22.
The following information relates to personal public comment:

  • Those who wish to speak may register at the hotel prior to the public comment period in which they wish to speak.
  • To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the chair will limit each speaker to 3 minutes.
  • Those who make comments will be asked to speak only once, either Wednesday night or Thursday morning, but not during both public comment periods.
  • Those who wish to submit bulletins to the Committee during the public comment period must bring at least 12 copies to the meeting.

The public can also submit written comments in the following ways:

  • Online form accessible through the Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings web page.
  • Mail comments to the February 2024 Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.
  • Drop-offs took place at the Morehead City Marine Fisheries Division headquarters office at 3441 Arendelle Street, Morehead City.

The deadline for written comments on this meeting is 4pm on Monday 19 February.

The YouTube link will be posted on the Marine Fisheries Commission meetings web page. After the meeting, the recording will be posted online.

Agenda items include:

  • Review public comments and advisory committee recommendations and vote on preferred management options for striped mullet fishery management plan amendment 2. Final action is not scheduled until the committee’s May 2024 work meeting.
  • Update to the Strategic Habitat Areas Study Report.
  • Two presentations on implementation items from Amendment 2 to the 2022 Shrimp Fisheries Management Plan:
    • One on the feasibility and utility of a shrimp trawling monitoring program
    • Another on an adaptive management strategy to increase protection of submerged aquatic plants by closing shrimp trawling areas.
  • Vote on preferred management options and associated proposed language for rulemaking related to management of false albacore and simplification of pot labeling requirements.

The full agenda and briefing book are posted on the Marine Fisheries Committee Meetings webpage.

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