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    Posted: 17 hours 48 minutes ago at 5:12pm

16 trawlers from out of state.  Makes my blood boil.
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There are interstate commerce agreements and limits to what NC can prohibit...but

We should be holding out-of-state vessels to this statute-

§ 113-170.1.  Nonresidents reciprocal agreements.

Persons who are not North Carolina residents are not eligible to obtain licenses under the provisions of this Article except as provided in this section. Residents of jurisdictions that sell commercial fishing licenses to North Carolina residents are eligible to hold North Carolina commercial fishing licenses under the provisions of G.S. 113-168.2. Licenses may be restricted in terms of area, gear, and fishery by the Commission so that the nonresidents are licensed to engage in North Carolina fisheries on the same or similar terms that North Carolina residents can be licensed to engage in the fisheries of other jurisdictions. The Secretary may enter into reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions as necessary to allow nonresidents to obtain commercial fishing licenses in the State subject to the foregoing provisions. (1997-400, s. 5.1; 1998-225, s. 4.20; 2001-213, s. 2.)


and this one


§ 113-168.1.  General provisions governing licenses and endorsements.

(d)       No Dual Residency. - It is unlawful for any person to hold any currently valid license issued under this Article to the person as a North Carolina resident if that person holds any currently valid commercial or recreational fishing license issued by another state to the person as a resident of that state.





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10 out of 26  (only 38%) with reporting signals are from North Carolina.

Why are we the only state that allows this????




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Today in our coastal waters-

Forgiven- Southport, Fla
Cathryn Elizabeth- Mobile, AL
Redemption- Southport, Fla
Daddy's Boy- Savanah, Ga
Jenna Renee- Savannah, Ga
Gaston's Legacy- New Bern, NC
Evening Tide- Theodore, AL
Lady Susie II- Crescent, Ga
Mighty Tide- Theodore, AL
Country Girl- Bayou La Batre, AL
Perseverance- Oriental, NC
The Shootist- Citronelle, AL
Miss Alice- Richlands, NC
Lady Denise- Panama City, Fla
Lady Madison- Mobile, Ala
Mary Magdalene- Jacksonville, Fla
Jane Carolyn- Hobucken, NC
Capt Potter- Hobucken, NC
Debra Lee- Mobile, AL
McKenzie- Hobucken, NC
Miss Victoria- Wilmer, AL
Capt Ralph- Manns Harbor, NC
Crystal Amanda- Grantsboro, NC
Bridgot Denise- Hampton, VA
Lady Samaira- Swanquarter, NC
Birdie P- Hobucken, NC

There are three additional unidentified trawlers thought to be Cooke Seafood vessels out of Hampton, Va or Brent Fulcher vessels out of New Bern, NC.

There are other trawlers less than 65-feet in length which are not required to have an AIS signal.

Based on past personal observations on the water, there are additional trawlers 65-ft or greater in length that are running "dark".


It looks like two of my "FB friend's" trawlers from Alabama decided not to run dark.  Maybe the Atlantic Carolina Trawling, Inc. vessel stuck on the bar at Brown's Inlet has a nice little USCG pressence that changed his mind-



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The big shrimp boats fall under the Class B device for fishing vessels over 65 feet.  The law says if you're required to have one, you're required to have it active 15 minutes prior to getting underway.

6. When must AIS be in operation? Per 33 CFR 164.46(d), vessels required to have AIS must operate it in U.S. navigable waters (as defined in 33 CFR 2.36) at all times that the vessel is navigating (underway or at anchor) and at least 15 minutes prior to unmooring. Should continual operation of AIS compromise the safety or security of the vessel or where a security incident is imminent, the AIS may be switched off. This action and the reason for taking it must be reported to the nearest U.S. Captain of the Port or Vessel Traffic Center and recorded in the ship's logbook. The AIS should return to continuous operation as soon as the source of danger has been mitigated. Note, vessels equipped with AIS--either by mandatory carriage or voluntarily--must abide by the requirements set forth in 33 CFR 164.46 which state an AIS must be: properly installed, use an officially assigned MMSI, that its data be accessible from the primary operating position of the vessel, and, always be in effective operating condition; which entails the continuous operation of AIS and the accurate input (see USCG AIS Encoding Guide) and upkeep of all AIS data parameters. Although Coast Guard AIS authority (46 USC 70114) does not extend beyond U.S. navigable waters or to all voluntary users, mariners are reminded that Navigation Rule 7 requires that every vessel use all available means to determine risk of collision. AIS is one of the most effective means currently available, particularly when coupled with radar and sight, to not only determine the risk of, but, also mitigate collisions. Thus the Coast Guard exhorts all AIS users to maintain their AIS in effective operation, at all times.

9. Are fishing vessels subject to AIS carriage, and, are onboard Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) an acceptable substitute for AIS? Yes and no. Commercial self-propelled fishing vessels of 65 feet or more in length are subject to AIS carriage requirements; see 33 CFR 164.46(b). Per 33 CFR § 164.46(b)(2), fishing industry vessels (i.e. fishing processors, tenders, and vessels as defined in 46 U.S.C. 2101) may use lower-cost AIS Class B units in lieu of Class A devices. However, a NOAA Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) are not an acceptable substitute for AIS because they are not inter-operable or compatible. Each uses different communication systems, protocols, reporting rates, and, most importantly VMS does not, nor is it designed to, mitigate collisions or enhance users’ situational awareness. Read more...

...and the MFC unanimously agreed in formal motion to write the USCG asking them to properly enforce AIS compliance in NC-   Did that happen?

Did you know there was another trawler collision in Pamlico Sound this past summer?  It's all hush-hush.  The USCG is playing difficult on supplying info.  It seems when this happens, the big dealer swoops in with a settlement that includes buying everyone's silence. 






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Originally posted by Rick Rick wrote:



Is running with the AIS in the off position illegal?

If yes  -- is it a federal law or just state?   and is there any punishment?


This guy is just publicly thumbing his nose at the AIS so apparently there's either no penalty or no enforcement if it's a law.

Frustrating either way.


And all of this is publicly available so any enforcement agency could use the data to show non-compliance.  I don't get it.




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Originally posted by lcg8978 lcg8978 wrote:

Is the boat aground at Brown's Inlet part of his fleet? Hard to confirm from the photos, but they sure do look similar...

 

No.  The boat in Browns Inlet is a Carolina Atlantic Trawling LLC vessel owned by Garland Christopher Fulcher.
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Is the boat aground at Brown's Inlet part of his fleet? Hard to confirm from the photos, but they sure do look similar...

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Who would have thought that today, Dec 11th, there would still be trawlers working the Pamlico Sound?  I can see two- how many more are running "dark"?









One of my facebook "friends" who "likes" my AIS tracking posts recently sent me the message below.  When is the USCG going to start enforcing AIS use...it's a safety issue for ALL boaters-

The MFC formally asked the USGC to enforce AIS rules in NC waters.









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Well, If you can believe it..
The "Spot Run" lasted err,,
 I'm guessing about 2 weeks, this year..
A lot of Pier owners & Fisher-Folks have said..
THIS is the BEST "Spot-Run" they have seen in YEARS!
Golly-Gee I wonder WHY?
My Hypothesis, is that; with Matthew 2 years ago, ..
Then Florence Last year..
AND possibly with Dorian this year..
(Both occurring with-in the same Week/Month).. pushed enough fresh water(s) into the Pamlico Sound(s) of fresh water, to "trigger" the Spots & other Finfish, too evacuate the aforementioned sounds.. 

Resulting in a decent Spot run this year.. after Two years of being able to escape the Shrimp Trawlers that were NOT able to Sweep the bottom(s) as they, (the fish) were Migrating from creeks & sounds into the ocean before Trawling efforts could "decimate" them.. .. Allowing them too Spawn.. In the past two years in the fall..

Another "Theory" that I'm inclined to put forward..
I've read extensively into the "life cycle" of the Spot..
Part of My theory is those Big Yellow-Bellies are in fact 3 year old Spots that are at the end of their "Life-Cycle"..
I've NOT seen, nor personally caught ANY "yellow bellies" in many years..
Or just a few here & there..
IMOP "spots" that were caught THIS year are in fact 1~2 year old fish that escaped Trawling efforts from the previous 2 years.. Due to NO Effort "shrimping", because of the Storms, (Matthew & Florence)..
Next year, We Should possibly see "some" yellow Belly spots show up on the piers, assuming NO Storm(s) or a HUGE trawling effort.

Now the Commercial's are putting forth that there are "cycles" that fish "disappearing" for a few years then, making a "comeback" are part of natures "Cycles"..
Which, I have to reply, THAT is a field of Cow Patties ..
Diminished Trawling effort(s) resulting in MORE Fish seen off the pier(s) this year..
I read & noticed fishing reports of Spot(s) AND Weakfish being caught on AVON Pier in late August early Sept.. In good numbers..

 In addition With the Storms effect(s) on "pound netting" in the Pamlico Sound(s), I've also noticed (via Fishing reports), of HUGE Flounders and MANY of them Showing up in the ocean this fall.. BUT We cannot keep'em.. 

Meanwhile, I managed to do the "Spot Yacht" thing one day, a 2 weeks ago.. While "spot fishing",, I also was float fishing for SST's.. (Mud Minners under a cork)..
I was quite successful.. I managed about 20 spots, after,going through a million Pinfish, to catch'em..
AND managed several trout, Both coming in at about, just shy of 5 pounds each..
My BEST EVA productive trip..
Though what really surprised Me was the amount of Weakfish I managed to catch.. 
Every one was just shy of 12", I assume 2 year old fish.. I caught like 15 of those guys..

 I'm chalking up these "decent" numbers to two things..
Reduced Trawling & Pound nets effort(s) in the Previous 2 years of Mid-September Storm(s) AND the reduced pressure of SST's because of the Cold-Stun Proclamation .. Allowing those fish to mature.
  Last year/Fall I caught a HUGE number(s) of SST's that were just Shy of Keeping, this year those fish are, well, NICE fish to catch,,, AND I'm seeing plenty of "posts" that EVERYONE, is benefiting from the CS proclamation..
As well as the "reduced" effort from the Former 2 years, Trawling pressure in the Mid/Late Fall.. 
It doesn't take *rocket science* to see the effects.. Or Benefits of reduced pressure..
Will the NCDMF follow practical reasoning? I doubt it.. 
(also,, as a side note,, I caught some of the BIGGEST Jimmy Crabs I've EVER caught this fall.. Seriously they were "almost" the size if small dinner plates about 10" point to point.. )!!!
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https://i.imgur.com/lcIgNNk.jpg




LOOK at the size of those guys!Clap

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Today the trawlers are catching those Chesapeake Bay shrimp migrating down the beach.

Any one fishing the north beaches, take a few photos of the bycatch if you see it.




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...business as usual this morning.  


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Question....
As per "Fake Weather" We'll get this Storm, almost to the same week, we got Florence..
We SEEN, before,  what a storm WILL & can do.. Fresh waters entering the Rivers & Sounds, reducing the  fishing pressure.. In other words the fish, "hauled boogie".. 
Yet..
The Largest catch in Dollar value was Shrimp..
Caught OUTSIDE, as shown in Ricks Maps after Florence had passed.. Earlier in this thread.. HUGE Shrimp! 12+ a pound.. 
Will *THEY* learn? 

No pressure for 9 Months or better.. because of Florence.., 
Meaning the YUGE Flounders & SST's seen caught up till now..
Did these Flounders escape the pound nets LAST YEAR? 

So..
We get yet another Storm.. year later.. Same week.. 
Fishing is "shut-down" ..
Fish geta "chance" to Migrate, (same as last year)..
A chance to Spawn.. 
What IF any predictions would this be?
Can ya'll see where I'm going with this.. 


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My wife and I saw that black vessel, Sunday the 25th leaving Oriental around 2 pm headed to the sound. It appeared to be from some distance the largest trawler I have ever seen in Pamlico Sound. Look at the size of those doors and then try and tell me they aren't as big as the blades on a D3 Catapillar.   Imagine four crawlers pushing the sound bottom around. That isn't a Disney image, that is what happens every week in Pamlico sound from one big trawler. The Pamlico Sound has been "molded" by these vessels into a smooth killing ground for shrimp and small finfish at the long time expense of SAV's and shellfish beds that once thrived there in spite of what the CHIPPS plan should be happening in NC. NC manages by "preferred exception" when it comes to harvesting marine resources.

NC allows that daily, and then plays dumb on why our marine stocks seems to be different than years gone by.

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I am a native of NC. The "bycatch captial of the east coast of the US". Our legislature lets us kill more fish for no reason than any other Atlantic Coast state. I hope they are proud.
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Caressa Mae heading to dock this morning-  holds full?  getting ahead of Dorian?  Poor shrimping?

While the photo looks like this is a NoLa vessel, the boat is Bayboro registered.  









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...and 43-days later the Mister B is still dragging the Pamilco Sound nursery areas killing our spot, croaker, weakfish, flounders and blue crab-






Doing in NC waters what he can't do at home!

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This week's trawlers of interest are-

Award for the out-of-state trawler that has come the furthest to do in our waters what they can't do at home goes to F/V Mister B from Freeport, Texas-







Another out-of-state trawler, Judge, is doing in NC what it can't do in Georgia-




...and the award to the largest vessel yesterday goes to the Gaston Bell, right at 90-feet.  Would you look at the size of those doors (otter boards)!







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I considered starting a thread for this, but my post belongs here, I think. This morning I saw an article on the BBC website about how UK fisherman are continuing to discard bycatch despite the law passed against such discards in the EU. It seems the EU wanted to place "value" on all caught fish, not just targeted species, back in about 2013, and banned discards. You can find numerous articles about this with a search on "banned discards". I think the draggers there are damned resistant to the idea of quantifying their TOTAL catch, and also resisting "wasting" all that hold space for less valuable species when targeted cod, etc. are where the most money is under the existing market. I would say that the EU regulators are effectively stymied in their effort to force all mortality ( bycatch) to be run through the market and therefore enable the fishery to continue despite the rapacious loss of ancillary species on top of their depleted targeted species. Sounds a lot like the obfuscation and deflection that our own mass flotilla of polyglot vessels maximized for bycatch production enjoy from their champions on the various bodies who enable their indiscriminate, mass industrial scale swathe through the Pamlico each season. Non-compliance for even the most basic rules being flouted and officially overlooked in service of those who make up a preferred constituency under their own(ed) lords, in whichever house these benefactors are found, over there directly tracks our own system's lack of accountability, and our own houses of lords who ignore the history, trajectory and future of these resources and instead choose to sit on their thumbs while whole species within the estuarine biomass are ignored by those supposedly entrusted to conserve them.
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...well, Debra Lee (Alabama vessel) made her way from Beaufort Inlet Seafood to the Neuse River heading for the Pamlico Sound-






WOW!!!

Look how tight those boats are...  CLEAN SWEEPING the sound.  Bulldozing the bottom!

These are big boats pulling heavy doors and chains.




 




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Out-of-state vessels can fish under two different types of licenses- owned or assigned, either way they are the "holder" while in  possession.

Direct Purchase
Buy an out-of-state SCFL (Standard Commercial Fishing License) direct from NCDMF Eligibility Pool.

Transfer Process (Third Party Purchase)

Buy an out-of-state SCFL/RSCFL from an individual.
Buy an in-state SCFL/RSCFL from an individual and pay the fee to convert it to an out-of-state license.

Assignment Process
"Rent" a license from the current holder of a valid SCFL.  (Note: RSCFL cannot be assigned.)







Below are questions and answers about assignments from the NCDMF website-




It is my opinion that the Division in violating state statute and rule by allowing a resident license to be assigned to a non-resident if that person is licensed in his state of residency as a commercial or recreational fisherman.


§ 113-168.1.  General provisions governing licenses and endorsements.
(d)       No Dual Residency. - It is unlawful for any person to hold any currently valid license issued under this Article to the person as a North Carolina resident if that person holds any currently valid commercial or recreational fishing license issued by another state to the person as a resident of that state.


Dealers with multiple licenses are doing the assignments.  They provide the out-of-state boat with an opportunity to purchase dockage, fuel and ice- and "rent a license" with the obligation to land $2 or less shrimp at the dealers dock.  This effort helps crash the price of shrimp for all boats- including the dealers own boats.  The crews of the dealer boats are contractors working on shares.  The dealer buys cheap shrimp from his own boats by paying the crews a lower share price.  The dealer makes money on the wholesale side. 




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So whose licenses are they fishing under?
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It's "officially" started for 2019!  The out-of-state boats are here.

We saw San Dia in 2018.  He's back-







Lang's Pride is here-










Palmetto Pride is back with a traveling companion the Hannah Jae from Frogmore.



The Alabama based Debra Lee made it into port yesterday at Beaufort Inlet Seafood and will soon be trawling in the Pamlico Sound-






This morning North of Bluff Shoals in the Pamlico Deep East (PDE) strata we have four vessels transmitting a received AIS signal-




On each side of Bluff Shoals in Pamlico Deep East and Pamlico Deep West there are 12 vessels transmitting a received signal-





…and there are a pile (all photos taken yesterday) of smaller vessels <65 feet in length that are not required to transmit on AIS and a pile of out-of-compliance vessels...




I've been telling people since February that the number of new boats (refurbished older St. Augustine type wooden trawlers) was growing exponentially in ENC.  My anecdotal observations show that the small trawler has been replaced by older larger vessels capable of pulling maximum gear, staying "at sea" for multiple days and large enough to safely participate in the late fall and early winter white shrimp ocean fishery that has become the "bread and butter" of NC's expanded shrimp trawl fishery. 

Effort has expanded!  Significantly expanded.

The type of trawler I'm seeing more of-
 




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Originally posted by cwilli cwilli wrote:

A video provides hard evidence that cannot be disputed, in real time.


Really??

Are you sure videos don't mislead or lie? Wink





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like a lot of situations these days....nobody will believe that bycatch is an issue until they can actually SEE the effects for themselves. Sharing videos of the bycatch left behind in the wake of shrimp boats with government officials and the public will go a long way to disinfecting the dark. Right now....the bycatch is just numbers on a spreadsheet in which people in offices argue about the accuracy and ratios. A video provides hard evidence that cannot be disputed, in real time.
 


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like a lot of situations these days....nobody will believe that bycatch is an issue until they can actually SEE the effects for themselves. Sharing videos of the bycatch left behind in the wake of shrimp boats with government officials and the public will go a long way to disinfecting the dark. Right now....the bycatch is just numbers on a spreadsheet in which people in offices argue about the accuracy and ratios. A video provides hard evidence that cannot be disputed, in real time.
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WOW!!!!



And those are only the ones that are over 65 feet and have their transmitter turned on.

It's hard to believe that there are still people out there who can't see this is being completely destructive of a huge vital nursery area.  They scream about denominators, water quality, heritage, cycles, etc. while hundreds of millions of 3 inch fish are killed every year.

And DMF data shows that the species that are being killed are mostly gone.











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Let's use Global Fishing Watch to look at 2018 Effort in the Pamlico Sound.

The photos below ONLY represent effort by vessels >65-feet that were actively transmitting under federal rules for AIS/MMSI requirements.  It has been well documented above that vessel are intentionally "going dark" to keep from being tracked.

Watch the time lapse-video
 






JUNE-2018




JULY 2018



August 2018


September 2018


October 2018


November 2018



December 2018




Six Months of July - December 2018






The 2018 matching data from the P195 Juvenile abundance survey is not available yet, so let's compare the above trawl effort to the 2017 P195 juvenile abundance survey.

ARE WE TRAWLING IN CRITICAL HABITAT NURSERY AREAS?  ABSOLULELY!













The following slide shows the size distribution by species



For reference-




Why is there such a disconnect between what the scientists understand and how the NCDMF/NCMFC designates our important nursery areas?  Without proper designation, they are not protected from bottom disturbing gears and trawling.






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...and the first out-of-state trawler shows up headed to the Pamlico Sound-




The WAHINE...a South Carolina Trawler doing in NC waters what it can't do at home in SC...trawl inside the inlets in the primary and secondary nursery areas for gray trout, croaker, spot, blue crab, summer and southern flounder, etc....

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zipcode Effective Date Expiration Date
620972 WAHINE SPA RACINE, SYLVAN PIERRE JR PO BOX 735 MCCLELLANVLE SC 29458-0735 7/17/2018 6/30/2019




The Wahine's weekend home for the summer when it can't trawl the Pamlico Sound-




If it's like last year, the Wahine will be "dark" while trawling and only show an active AIS signal docked in port.

What is the status of the MFC motion to write the USCG requesting that AIS rules be enforced in NC waters?








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Another year's class of fish is lost so that less than 100 people can make a big profit.






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...and the 2019 Pamlico Sound juvenile finfish slaughter begins in earnest-  




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