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In a review of potential impacts of fishing gear on habitat in the Gulf of Mexico, Barnette (1999) ranked impacts of otter trawls on SAV as
significant.
http://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file/gearImpactsReport.pdf

If water were clear enough to reach bottom would SAV grow in deeper water than now? - yes

If oysters recover in natural beds would water be clearer? - yes

If oysters and SAV recovered to historic distribution would fishery productivity be greatly enhanced? - yes

What are the effects of otter trawls?  They prevent oyster and grass re-colonization by physical disturbance (scouring effect) and by increasing turbidity.

If grass beds and oyters were recovered would there be more fish and clearer water?- yes

Are otter trawls working over current SAV and established oyster rock? - no, that bottom has long since been scoured.

Are otter trawls preventing re-colonization of historically important areas with oysters and grass? - likely



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As has been mentioned before on here the bad thing is NCDMF and ASFMC ignore work done by Rick since he's not a fish bio. No fish researcher will touch it since they fear being blackballed by DMF. Eventually someone will and the info will be published.
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Redfisher ..... Thumbs Up I agree. It is time to change the way this state manages its coastal fisheries.
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Originally posted by chriselk chriselk wrote:

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Just wondering where Winslow's historical mapping of NC oyster reefs in the Pamlico overlay on the maps.  

I had this discussion earlier in the week with a well-respected biologist. His point was if we are truly concerned about water quality and oyster restoration that we should be prohibiting trawling in those historical oyster reef areas that Winslow mapped.  His point- "Left alone a cleared farm field will quickly return to forest."  This is impossible for the Pamlico Sound due to the magnitude and frequency of highly destructive bottom disturbing gears used in the trawl fisheries.



Learning from the Past: Old Maps Help Build A New Future For The Eastern Oyster

By KATHLEEN ANGIONE

In the age of online mapping services, paper maps may seem obsolete — but try telling that to Eugene Ballance, an Ocracoke fisherman who is transforming 118-year-old survey maps of Pamlico Sound into blueprints for restoring the Eastern oyster.

Using satellite mapping and sonar imaging technology, Ballance is modernizing a dozen maps created in 1886-1887 by Lt. Francis E. Winslow, a naval officer who surveyed the sound’s then-abundant oyster reefs.

The projections, or intersecting coordinate lines, on Winslow’s oyster maps are impeccable, says Ballance, who is also a mathematician. “They are better than anything that’s been done since then,” he insists.

Although Winslow’s projections remain accurate, the large, productive oyster beds he described are gone.

Eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) have declined steadily in Pamlico Sound for more than a century, mostly due to habitat destruction, water pollution and disease. The
disappearance of these “ecosystem engineers” — which filter water and provide habitat for dozens of aquatic creatures — is a trend Ballance and others in coastal North Carolina are trying to reverse.

To transform Winslow’s work, Ballance is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a computerized mapping program that combines thousands of data points from a certain place into “layers” of information. The result will be multi-layered, digital maps that show where oyster reefs once thrived and where they could likely thrive again — information that helps scientists and policymakers better focus restoration efforts and dollars.

Ballance received funding for the project from the N.C. Fishery Resource Grant Program (FRG), funded by the N.C. General Assembly and administered by North Carolina Sea Grant.

To get the thousands of data points required for each layer, Ballance begins by locating an oyster reef that appears on a scanned version of Winslow’s map. Next, he digitizes areas in the pixel coordinates of the scanned map. Ballance then projects this information to latitude and longitude coordinates using “control points,” or features on the map that remain in today’s surveyor databases.

After completing these steps, Ballance must field-check the new coordinate files. First, he transfers the files to a hand-held computer and verifies the coordinates using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. GPS uses satellite signals to calculate exact positions of objects on earth. Then Ballance samples the area with a small, toothless scallop dredge to determine how much of the reef is left. Finally, he uses sonar imaging to take a picture of the sampled area.

REFORMING RESTORATION

Although the process is complicated, the results simplify choosing a restoration site, notes Jeffrey DeBlieu, director of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Pamlico Sound Oyster Reef Restoration Project.

“It removes some of the guesswork about where we should be restoring oysters,” he says. And that’s a good thing, he adds, because restoration isn’t cheap.

In 2001, TNC received a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to begin working in coastal systems. The North Carolina chapter of TNC received some of that grant to restore the Eastern oyster population in Pamlico Sound. The organization is cooperating with several partners, including the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and North Carolina Sea Grant.

Before Ballance’s mapping project, site selection lacked a solid historical baseline. “But Gene’s work provides a very strong foundation for us to work from,” says DeBlieu. And the early results have already proved useful.

“We’ve utilized some of Gene’s information to do the first large-scale oyster sanctuary up in the Crab Hole area, between Oregon Inlet and Stumpy Point,” notes Craig Hardy, the DMF section chief for resource enhancement.

DMF and TNC also used Ballance’s data to help develop a sanctuary at Clam Shoal, located behind the southeast corner of Hatteras Island, and another in waters just north of Ocracoke Island.

The Clam Shoal and Crab Hole restoration sites are about 30 acres apiece, and each now contains numerous five- to six-foot-high oyster reefs built of limestone marl.

“It takes five or six years for a pile of limestone to become an oyster reef,” says DeBlieu. The new reefs are developing on schedule. Baby oysters, barnacles, fish and shrimp are already a regular sight, notes DeBlieu, who went scuba diving at Clam Shoal last summer and at Crab Hole in the fall.

“It’s not a beautiful place, like a coral reef,” he admits. “It’s kind of dirty and muddy and crummy looking — but that’s an oyster reef. It’s not real photogenic.”

The Pamlico Sound project will support additional reefs at each site next summer. The hope is that Clam Shoal and Crab Hole one day will be restored to large, continuous reefs similar to those documented by Winslow, says DeBlieu.

A SUPERIOR PIECE OF HISTORY

In 1998, Ballance was mapping sea grass beds near Ocracoke and Hatteras Inlet as part of another FRG project when he was inspired to apply GIS to Winslow’s oyster maps.

But it wasn’t until several years later that he met DeBlieu, who also had thought of applying GIS to Winslow’s maps. Pooling their collective resources and knowledge, Ballance and DeBlieu identified their first hurdle: obtaining the original maps.

Because each map is roughly the size of a large kitchen tabletop and hand-drawn on tracing cloth — “it’s like wax paper with fibers in it,” describes Ballance — they weren’t allowed to leave the N.C. Archives. Instead, state officials agreed to scan them at the Outer Banks History Center on Roanoke Island and give digital copies to Ballance and DeBlieu.

Archives technician Kelly Grimm scanned each chart in eight sections, making sure certain points on each of the scanned sections overlapped so she could “stitch” the digitized pieces back together. Just as in Winslow’s time, precision was critical: “If one section is off kilter, it throws the whole map off kilter,” she says.

Luckily, finding distinct points on the maps was fairly easy. In addition to Winslow’s meticulous drawings, he and his crew also left some personal touches behind.

“I can tell through the fine detail that different people worked on different projections,” says Ballance, noting subtle variation among handwritten letters and numbers.

Accidental details were equally distinct.

“You can see the stains on the maps where the men were working,” says DeBlieu, referring to the occasional ink smear.

After the maps were scanned successfully, Ballance received an FRG in 2003 and began applying GIS technology to Winslow’s work.

During the past two years, Ballance has spent countless hours checking, or “ground-truthing,” Winslow’s projections and determining how much of the historic oyster reefs remain.

Ballance has verified about a third of the area depicted on Winslow’s survey maps. The biggest documented reef measured 230 acres in continuous area, but now only exists in small patches. But no matter the current condition of a reef, Ballance is continually impressed by Winslow’s projections.

“I’m amazed every time I go to one of these beds and see that they could maintain that accuracy through the whole project,” he says.

Winslow and his crew probably worked from a sailing schooner for days on end, only going to shore for food and supplies, Ballance says. Winslow calculated the projections using horizontal sextant angles, measurements taken from three fixed, visible objects on the water that also were identifiable on a nautical chart.

“Without electronics, that was state-of-the art back then,” explains Ballance. And when he puts the projections on Winslow’s maps up against modern maps, Winslow remains superior. “They [Winslow’s maps] were doing better than my nautical chart!” exclaims Ballance.

WINSLOW’S BIGGER PLAN

But Winslow wasn’t surveying oyster reefs simply for historical record.

He had been hired by the state legislature to determine if Pamlico Sound contained enough oysters to support a commercial fishery. The oyster business already was booming in Maryland and Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay in the 19th century. North Carolina hoped similar economic gains could come from its waterways.

Almost immediately after completing the survey, Winslow retired from the Navy and started the Pamlico Oyster Company, appointing himself chief operating officer, according to Kathleen Carter, a historian at High Point University. He planned to sell areas near larger, more productive reefs as private leases. He designated the bigger reefs as “Public Grounds,” hoping they would provide spawning stock for nearby private leases.

When the survey results were released in 1888 confirming an abundance of oysters, it created what Carter calls an “oyster bonanza” in Pamlico Sound. Companies and private fishers from the crowded Chesapeake began arriving in droves. Sales of leases skyrocketed.

Some historians blame Winslow’s survey as the beginning of the end for North Carolina’s natural oyster reefs. But Ballance believes that’s a matter of perspective. “That’s like saying if someone had killed Christopher Columbus, then the New World never would have been discovered. It may have delayed it a few years, but that’s about all.”

Despite the economic gains from oysters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tensions escalated among local fishers and transients. By 1891, the state tightened its oyster harvesting laws, even authorizing the use of force to remove “oyster pirates,” a term for fishers from outside the state, notes Carter.

By 1892, Winslow had a severe public image problem. Many accused him of omitting details about the Public Grounds beds from his written survey reports. One senator from Hyde County said Winslow “defrauded North Carolina of its richest oyster beds,” according to Carter.

Some of Winslow’s survey reports appear questionable. In one report, Winslow wrote: “Another small unimportant bed lies between Ocracoke Island and Howard’s and dark’s Reef.”

The survey maps show that this “unimportant” reef indeed existed; yet nearby was the fifth largest oyster reef in the entire sound, notes Ballance. “He just sort of left that out.”

As suspect as the omission seems, Ballance points out that it may have had more to do with politics than personal greed. He cites one of Winslow’s survey reports from a November 1887 meeting with the state’s shellfish commission: “The fourth meeting of the board was held on November the 26th, and the areas, limits and locations of the Public Grounds of the Counties of Hyde and Carteret were determined.”

Despite his role as surveyor, Winslow didn’t have the final say on Public Grounds, contends Ballance. Whether or not the allegations were true, outside skepticism remained such that the Pamlico Oyster Company shut down in 1892. Winslow eventually retired to Connecticut, where he died in 1908.

BRINGING BACK THE OYSTERS

Today, there are no more political squabbles over the abundance of oysters in Pamlico Sound. Instead, tensions more likely are fueled by the declining stock.

In 2003. the amount of oysters commercially harvested barely reached 49,000 bushels, according to the DMF. That figure is considerably lower than the record 1.8 million bushels landed in 1902, the year many consider the peak of oyster harvesting in North Carolina.

Habitat loss, pollution, overharvesting and diseases like Dermo (Perkinsus marinus), a tiny parasite that kills oysters when they reach reproductive age, all have contributed to the decline.

“If we can bring a healthy oyster population back, it will benefit not only commercial harvest, but also habitat for other important finfish and crustaceans,” says Hardy.
Moreover, oysters play a critical role in the overall health of estuarine systems, adds DeBlieu. “Oysters aren’t simply to be dredged up and eaten,” he says.

As the Pamlico Sound Oyster Reef Restoration Project continues, Ballance’s GIS maps will help focus the restoration effort. “I think any oyster reef we build out there will be at a site based on Gene’s work,” says DeBlieu.

“It gives us another layer in our selection process,” concurs Hardy.

Once a potential restoration site is identified, scientists assess the area’s water quality, substrate and salinity. Sometimes they find healthy, natural oyster rock and try to expand that area by restoring adjacent sites, explains Hardy. At other times, they find only piles of old shells with some struggling spat, or baby oysters, attached. In those cases, scientists must weigh the odds for successful restoration against the overall restoration effort.

“The ultimate goal is to restore the resource,” says Hardy.

Reaching that goal may take decades, even centuries, but Ballance’s vision for Winslow’s maps elucidates the interim steps. The mathematician is more than happy to share the credit though:

“His [Winslow’s] party in the 1880s accomplished in two years a feat that has yet to be equaled to this day, even with all our electronic gadgetry,” says Ballance. “It failed in its original purpose of promoting the oyster industry in North Carolina, but may — in this century — succeed in reversing the decline in our remaining oyster habitat.”



Winslow's work-

http://books.google.com/books?id=YXNGAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA106&ots=cUti7Ae3i_&dq=Report%20of%20the%20Waters%20of%20North%20Carolina%20with%20reference%20to%20their%20Possibilities%20for%20Oyster%20Culture&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q=Report%20of%20the%20Waters%20of%20North%20Carolina%20with%20reference%20to%20their%20Possibilities%20for%20Oyster%20Culture&f=false


Winslow certainly didn't mind doing a little "insider trading".  He might not have been the first, but he was certainly one of the first to be paid by the state of NC to help the resource while working towards the end goal of personal gain.

How many oyster reefs did Winslow conveniently miss mapping for that personal gain- looking after his own future financial interest- the Pamlico Oyster Company?

Sound familiar!

We have our paid scientists today at several of the state's public research universities being paid to study oysters while they are privately leasing acres to build for-profit mariculture operations.  I'm hearing through the grape-vine that some of these state employees are getting free or low-cost "excess" seed stock from the university research programs for their private oyster leases.

We have NCDMF staff (some in enforcement) with active commercial fishing licenses.

We have way too many persons charged with the mission of "ensuring sustainable marine and estuarine fisheries and habitats for the benefit and health of the people of North Carolina" that have personal financial conflicts of interest in continued unsustainable harvest or forcing mariculture expansion at a pace that prevents preserving public trust rights.


Ballance received funding for the project from the N.C. Fishery Resource Grant Program (FRG), funded by the N.C. General Assembly and administered by North Carolina Sea Grant.


You "research types"- you know who you are- help me out here!  Where do we find this great report.  I'm a pretty good "finder" and I can't find it.  It almost looks like SeaGrant is trying to hide it.

Below is the only report that returns on a library search using Balance, Eugene as the author-




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Very damning information.  Even a dipstick like me gets it.
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Rick,
Just wondering where Winslow's historical mapping of NC oyster reefs in the Pamlico overlay on the maps.  
The above comments are my personal opinion and do not represent those of any organizations or agencies I may be a member of.
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Rick.. You are VERY Valuable to this Board.. PLEASE continue to post information & related RESEARCH  HERE!  something ABSOLUTLY NEEDS TO BE DONE!

I have a NOAA (fisheries survey) in My hot lil Hands... with a "return to sender address postage paid"..
I'm going to fill the survey out.. and PRINT every page posted in this thread..
Will it get "action"? I doubt it.. Though More eyeballs that read this the better..
I wonder if we can get a "coronated" effort to get the Fishing piers involved?
I have 7 down My way, in the Southeastern District.. I *wonder* if they would be interested in WHY "catches" and thus fishing is down? (INCOME)… Could they "ban" together in filing a "Class Action" based on Standing as Ray discussed? I would  think so!
BTW, I've about "givin up" on fishing surf & sand, as there's NOTHING to be caught! 
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So...

Is the NCDMF protecting our critical habitat nursery areas?  Absolutely not!

Does the NCDMF know that CHPPs (Coastal Habitat Protection Plan) is a failure? Absolutely!

Are nursery area designations and CHPP reviews a smoke and mirrors game to deceive the public that state statute is being met?  Absolutely!

The DMF conducts an annual stratified trawl survey in the Pamlico Sound called the P195 Trawl Survey.  The survey is a random sampling of 1,502 grids (stations) in which each grid is one square nautical mile.

This is the P195 Trawl Survey Area-



The P195 Trawl Survey is used to establish the annual juvenile abundance index that NCDMF submits to the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission under terms of the Interstate Jurisdictional Weakfish Fishery Management Plan.

Let's say that again- a trawl survey, the P195, is used to establish the annual JUVENILE abundance index for Weakfish (gray trout).

Where are juvenile weakfish found? In a nursery area.

How do you delineate a  nursery area of strategic importance?  By finding unique areas of preference.

NCDMF does a fantastic job on making the P195 data available to the public.  You can find it here-


1999 through 2016 data is available for both the Summer and Fall P195 surveys.  The fall survey is used to calculate the weakfish juvenile abundance index.

Let's look at ten years of weakfish CPUE (catch per unit of effort) that show the areas weakfish prefer-








It is very obvious where juvenile weakfish prefer- the deeper more open waters of the Pamlico Sound.

Juvenile weakfish particularly prefer the area north of Bluff Shoal.

Another factor used to delineate nursery areas is unique physical structure that could serve as an attractant to hold juveniles.

Do the deeper waters of the Pamlico Sound have such structure?  Yes- particularly north of Bluff Shoal-




...and deeper depths correlate with that sediment structure-




The RED line on the maps below shows Bluff Shoal-






Besides physical geological structures of depth and sediment composition there are two additional reasons that may contribute to the juvenile weakfish's abundance north of Bluff Shoal- the prevailing winds in late spring and summer and the Coriolis effect.  These effects could be driving larval transportation to settlement areas north of Bluff Shoal with higher salinity levels driven by those same effects-wind and gravitational force- being preferred habitat for weakfish.

Weakfish are batch spawners that spawn just inside the inlets on strong lunar tides.  Wind, tides and other gravitational forces push the eggs and larva across the sound for settlement in the shallow bays for initial development.



At thirty days of age (about 1-3/8 inches in length), the larva leave the protected bays for the deeper more open waters of the sound.






 APS response to the southwestward wind (one of the two prevailing wind directions during the spring and fall transition seasons) tells a similar story (Figures 4a and 4b). It causes a sea level pileup toward the western side of Albemarle Sound and the southwestern side of Pamlico Sound. Surface currents move downwind on the shallow shoals of Albemarle and northern Pamlico Sound while bottom currents move upwind in the deep channels. The two-layer gravitational circulation in southern Pamlico Sound appears to be significantly disrupted by the wind. While southwestward (downwind) surface currents cover most of southern Pamlico Sound, bottom currents are mostly pointed in the northeastward (upwind) direction.


(Note: APS = Albemarle-Pamlico Sound)

Despite the weak stratification, the mean circulation features a two‐layer gravitational circulation with speeds reaching several centimeters per second. Analysis of the depth‐integrated momentum budget shows a primary balance among the barotropic pressure gradient due to sea level slope, the baroclinic pressure gradient due to horizontal salinity gradients and stress divergence, as found in partially mixed estuaries. Therefore, the gravitational force rather than the wind stress is the main driver of the mean circulation in APS. In our view, this is a significant result and demonstrates that substantial gravitational circulation can develop in shallow and weakly stratified lagoonal estuaries. The magnitude of the mean current is consistent with the theoretical prediction ofHansen and Rattray [1965], suggesting that the classic estuarine theory provides a good framework to interpret the circulation dynamics in lagoonal estuaries. The two‐layer mean circulation can play an important role in the long‐term transport of nutrients, contaminants, and fish larvae in these estuarine systems [Paerl et al., 1998; Werner and Brain, 1999].


Do we allow allow trawling in these critically important primary and secondary nursery areas while juvenile weakfish are present?  Absolutely.

Did the recent CHPPs work in Region 2 identify important weakfish nursery areas?  Not really.




THE DUMBING DOWN of weakfish nursery areas- throwing them into the "River" species when the juveniles obviously prefer the "Sound".


...and it's not just Weakfish that prefer the open waters of the sound-

Atlantic Croaker





Summer Flounder

Blue Crab

Sea Mullet (southern kingfish)



What did CHPPs recommend?


Weakfish didn't get any nursery area protection.



No protections here-




487-pages of.....



...and for those keeping score see below.  The goalposts have moved with the recent DMF announcement that it will not longer use the terms Depleted, Concern, Viable, Recovering, Unknown. 




We must change 40-years of ongoing inherent management bias-





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Friday, August 3rd at Noon EST.

Trawling temporarily closes for the weekend at 5:00 PM today and will reopen at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

At Noon, below is the snapshot of six vessels that have been transmitting a received AIS/MMSI signal actively trawling the Pamlico Sound this week-

The Caressa Mae running at 7.6 knots was probably heading home, maybe to a new trawling spot. 
McKenzie, Capt Lee and Little Hobo hadn't pinged in about an hour.

The rest had headed to the dock or were already there.





Below are examples of a few vessels that I took photos of between 10:30am and Noon on Sunday, July 29 in the ICW at Adam's Creek as they headed to the Neuse/Pamlico. 

These vessels never transmitted a received AIS/MMSI signal this week.  Most are below 65-feet and length and are not required to transmit-














Below are the thirty-one vessels that were actively transmitting a received AIS/MMSI signal this past week-

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date MMSI# Length Feet  
604116 CAPT ALEX SPA WILLIAMS, LEE BLAND PO BOX 306 SWANQUARTER NC 27885-0306 6/1/2018 5/31/2019 367730490 79  
617732 JONATHAN RYAN SPA TRAWLER JONATHAN RYAN CO LLC PO BOX 3321 NEW BERN NC 28564-3321 9/28/2017 8/31/2018 367478370 75  
547960 LITTLE HOBO SPA LEWIS, MARK STEVEN 971 PIGOTT RD GLOUCESTER NC 28528-9368 4/11/2018 1/31/2019 367769820 69  
623905 CAPT JEFF SPA TRAWLERS GARLAND AND JEFF INC PO BOX 306 SWANQUARTER NC 27885-0306 8/7/2017 7/31/2018 366983090 69  
1121658 CAPTAIN DAMIEN SPA MISS MARILYN LOUISE INC 4061 STARRATT RD JACKSONVILLE FL 32226-1331 2/1/2018 1/31/2019 366838960 85  
1122566 LILLIE BELLE (Capt Carl) SPA G & C SCALLOP FISHERIES INC PO BOX 250 ORIENTAL NC 28571-0250 6/18/2018 12/31/2019 367120750 72  
634816 CAPT PHILLIPS SPA PHILLIPS, JAMES CLYDE PO BOX 891 SWANSBORO NC 28584-0891 2/9/2018 12/31/2018 367457370 66  
1040383 BRIDGOT DENISE SPA ESTHER JOY INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 2/5/2018 1/31/2019 367468260 78  
909599 MISS KAYDEN SPA MISS KAYDEN LLC 990 CALLISON RD ORIENTAL NC 28571-1300 10/1/2017 9/30/2018 367669840 75  
546654 CAPT NATHAN SPA WILLIAMS, LEE BLAND PO BOX 306 SWANQUARTER NC 27885-0306 6/1/2018 5/31/2019 367730460 79  
1038900 BALD EAGLE II SPA FISHERMANS WHARF FILET INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 1/5/2018 12/31/2018 366920560 79  
1091811 CHASITY BROOKE SPA CHASITY BROOKE LLC PO BOX 250 ORIENTAL NC 28571-0250 2/1/2018 1/31/2019 367705010 105  
571255 CAPT RALPH SPA ROANOKE FISH COMPANY INC 5897 US HIGHWAY 64 MANNS HARBOR NC 27953-9442 11/1/2017 10/31/2018 367143030 74  
689213 SHAWNA LUCILLE SPA TLG TRAWLERS INC 10871 GA HIGHWAY 99 DARIEN GA 31305-3435 5/24/2017 8/31/2018 368000070 66  
1026244 PACIFICS SPA DELORES OF WANCHESE INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 4/1/2018 3/31/2019 367020610 74  
1060577 LADY SAMAIRA SPA WILLIAMS, SAMMIE EUGENE 200 MAIN ST SWANQUARTER NC 27885-9700 6/26/2018 4/30/2019 367172110 79  
606639 PALMETTO PRIDE SPA REAVES, CAMERON LATEN 17 QUAIL RIDGE CIR N BEAUFORT SC 29906-9027 1/25/2018 12/31/2018 338230346 66  
917630 LADY KIMBERLY SPA PITTMAN, KENNETH RAY SR 314 ROYAL RD BEAUFORT NC 28516-6572 1/9/2018 7/31/2018 367435910 69  
1069510 MCKENZIE SPA TRAWLER NEW HOPE INC PO BOX 100 HOBUCKEN NC 28537-0100 8/1/2017 8/31/2018 366973860 77  
1029895 BIRDIE P SPA TRAWLER CAPT ALFRED INC PO BOX 100 HOBUCKEN NC 28537-0100 7/1/2018 6/30/2019 367107940 78  
1056576 MICAH BELL SPA CAPT GASTON LLC PO BOX 3321 NEW BERN NC 28564-3321 8/1/2017 7/31/2018 367521460 79  
615409 HANNAH JAE SPA WHITE, GEORGE EDWARD III 8 CRYSTAL ST SEABROOK SC 29940-3604 1/1/2018 12/31/2018 338199694 66  
615565 MISS KIRK SPA MISS KIRK INC 105 SWEETBRIAR RD WASHINGTON NC 27889-9229 4/1/2018 3/31/2019 367148930 78  
  Capt Lee                 7933725 74  
632915 Wanda Gail SPA WANDA GAIL II LLC PO BOX 533 HARKERS IS NC 28531-0533 1/26/2018 7/31/2019 368004960 66  
658242 LILLIE JANE SPA POWELL, JOSEPH PARSON 132 POWELLS RD BEAUFORT NC 28516-7580 7/30/2018 3/31/2019 368008560 66  
  Capt Vern                 367728060 66  
  Lady Madison                 367790550 95  
  Sheila Rene                 367095140 78  
614436 CARESSA MAE SPA DREWS SEAFOOD INC 264 CHAPEL CREEK DR BAYBORO NC 28515-9382 4/24/2018 9/30/2019 368039710 102.0  
  Miss Lewis                 368014920 65  
                    Average 76  


The Capt Lee "pinged" he is still shrimping-




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Hmmmmmmmmm

Almost 4 days dragging nets  = 1 trip.



So when the DMF says that shrimp trawling effort is down, would the statement be classified as an "alternative fact" or "outright lie"?



And more importantly - will the MFC continue to believe it?





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Today's post, Thursday, Aug 2, 2018 will be about the F/V Capt Phillips' Effort for the week...his TRIP-

On Sunday, July 29th, heading towards the Neuse River, I passed the Capt Phillips in the ICW around lunch time.  The vessel was headed to the Pamlico Sound to start his week of trawling at 5pm.

 



The F/V Capt Phillips cut his week short by one day stopping trawling around noon today. 

Today- Thursday, Aug2- the vessel is headed back home towards Swansboro.

One trip... 3-days and 19-hours on the Pamlico Sound.

Next week, once Global Fishing Watch is updated, I'll update this post with Capt Phillips' track line for that period.



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This morning, Wednesday, August 1-  the F/V Tamara Alane referenced above is showing a sporadic AIS/MMSI signal as it was headed to the Pamlico Sound last night around midnight-



The F/V Tamara  Alane is a New Bern/Hobucken based boat owned by Clyde Potter-

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
1029425 TAMARA ALANE SPA POTTER, CLYDE ALFRED PO BOX 12547 NEW BERN NC 28561-2547 1/1/2018 12/31/2018





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Rick said, "If we look at the Federal Universal Licensing system, it appears that the radio "call sign" licenses have expired that are attached to the MMSI#........."

If you look at the first line, it also says that the radio/call sign on the vessel is: " Ship Recreational or voluntarily equipped".

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hmmmmm big guy running over little guy. Seems like we have heard that a lot in a figurative sense lately in the comm fisheries world.
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Originally posted by todobien todobien wrote:

Ray,

That probably won't be mentioned as it's not the straight story line. However if the Capt Carl was required to be running AIS and they weren't there could be a bit more of a story to carry there. Then that one may be able to be expanded to show how many aren't and why they are concentrated in an area and the danger that holds to other vessels and while working harm to other critters.


As I mentioned above, failure to run an AIS/MMSI (if required) could certainly be a huge liability to the vessel owner in an accident.

The Capt Carl is currently running "an" AIS/MMSI system that is being received-



as it was also yesterday-


Whether it was running AIS/MMSI at 1:16 AM on Friday morning, I don't know.  I do know that the Capt Carl was not one of the vessels that was actively transmitting a received signal earlier last week when I was tracking vessels.

Is there some "funky stuff" going on with the Capt Carl's AIS/MMSI system?  Absolutely!

The data return on the Capt Carl MMSI# returns the F/V Lillie Belle-



If we look at the Federal Universal Licensing system, it appears that the radio "call sign" licenses have expired that are attached to the MMSI#

 

Below is the owner of the expired licenses-


...and that registered agent controls several more LLCs with trawlers-




...and one Inc.



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Ray,

That probably won't be mentioned as it's not the straight story line. However if the Capt Carl was required to be running AIS and they weren't there could be a bit more of a story to carry there. Then that one may be able to be expanded to show how many aren't and why they are concentrated in an area and the danger that holds to other vessels and while working harm to other critters.
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Both WITN in Washington and WNCT in Greenville know about it.   WNCT even admits they were told about it yesterday but as of yet, "haven't had time to run the story."

My guess is that when the story finally breaks it will be just a mention since getting into the details as to why steel trawlers built to fish in the ocean are in Pamlico Sound when no other state from Maine to Texas would allow them to pull a full compliment of nets behind the demarcation line would never be pondered.   Small family fishermen don't stand a chance with their boats anymore as NC allows industrialized fishing to have full run of our waters.

Most citizens do not know the truth and the few TV stations and newspapers that could tell the story have been sold a bill of goods that all who complain are just anti commercial fishing.




Edited by Ray Brown - 31 July 2018 at 11:36am
Shrimp trawling never stops in Pamlico Sound. It just pauses on the weekend so crabs can remove the dead and dying from the battlefield.
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This is truly bizarre. No mention of it anywhere.
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Originally posted by Ray Brown Ray Brown wrote:

Where was, or is, the media on this?  An incident like this is public record.   While I truly feel sorry for Kenny Rustic and his loss week before last, why isn't the owner of the Jen Marie not having his/her story told?

Could it be that there is a definite conspiracy to keep the public from knowing exactly how many of these large oceanic trawlers are working Pamlico Sound and the danger they pose to the small local boats coming from the small towns of the Inner Banks to shrimp their home waters?

This kind of stuff would not happen in any other eastern seaboard state or even the Gulf states in waters behind the inlets because no other states would allow boats as big as the Captain Carl to effectively and efficiently operate in those waters.  The Gulf states reserve their inland coastal waters for boats like the Jen Marie and make the Captain Carl's of the world work the Gulf of Mexico where they were built to work.

It shows that the smaller boats working at night in Pamlico Sound are running a great risk just to work their home waters and the waters they were designed to work in because NC, unlike other states, lets oceanic vessels trawl in a lagoon.   Show me another example of that happening anywhere else in the world, let alone the US.   





Four days later and the media still appears to be radio silent on the collision between the  F/V Capt Carl and the F/V Jen Marie that resulted in the capsizing and sinking of the Jen Marie...which if nothing else, is a "public concern"...the sinking had to create an fuel/oil spill requiring environmental clean-up.

When it comes to commercial fishing-  NC treats it's citizens like a bunch of mushrooms...









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Today- Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Let's look at NC's coastal waters from SC to Virginia to see how many fishing vessels are transmitting an AIS/MMSI signal.  (Note: only vessels 65ft and greater are required to have AIS/MMSI)

There are zero fishing vessels, thought to be shrimp trawlers, transmitting from the SC line to Bald Head Island.



From Bald Head Island to North Topsail Beach, there are zero shrimp trawlers transmitting AIS/MMSI signals-



From North Topsail Beach to Beaufort Inlet, there are zero shrimp trawlers transmitting AIS/MMSI signals-



In nearshore ocean waters, from Beaufort Inlet to Ocracoke, there is one commercial fishing vessel transmitting an AIS/MMSI signal-


At 36ft in length, REELAX is not required by federal law (as a pure commercial fishing vessel) to be transmitting an AIS/MMSI signal.

This is the "commercial fishing" vessel Reelax-




This morning there are 23 large (65-feet or greater in length) vessels actively trawling the Pamlico Sound-

 

From Ocracoke to the Virginia in the ocean there was one trawler, the Tamara Alane, actively transmitting.  The vessel appeared to be in transit heading down the beach.  She is no longer transmitting a received signal.  (Note: I plan on tracking this boat over the next few days.)








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Originally posted by Rick Rick wrote:

Originally posted by FLOUDERMN FLOUDERMN wrote:

They all don't tow 220ft of headrope it takes tremendous power to pull 4 55ft nets and all those boats you see don't have that kind of power alot do but alot don't either.So your numbers are no where near correct.


Let me know which of these 29 boats that are actively running AIS/MMSI and trawling the Pamlico Sound within the last 24-hours don't have the power to pull four 55-foot nets... standing by...

Well....I guess Floudermn did a hit-n-run and went radio silent.

The photo below was taken yesterday in Adam's Creek.  It shows the Capt Matthew with his nets rigged....you can see this wooden boat is capable of pulling four nets.

...at least I'm seeing four TEDs on four nets.  Maybe Floundermn will see something different and explain it all to us.  I'm just a farm boy who misses catching spot, croaker and gray trout, and trying to learn about this shrimp boat'n thing-



Here's the SPA permit info on this vessel-
Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
1249376 CAPTAIN MATTHEW SPA CAPTAIN MATTHEW LLC 225 HILL LN SNEADS FERRY NC 28460-6582 10/5/2017 9/30/2018


...a little more info-



It is another active trawler not running AIS/MMSI...at least not that I can find...maybe the data on the length is wrong.  If this vessel is under 65-ft, it is not required to have AIS/MMSI transmitting.

Whatever it is, it is more unrecorded effort- this boat's TRUE EFFORT is not a TRIP!




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BOLO for the Capt Ben.  I passed it yesterday heading towards the Neuse in Adam's Creek.  I wasn't getting an AIS/MMSI signal and MarineTraffic doesn't show an active signal this morning...probably still working out the bugs in a few sea trials on the Pamlico...

You'll remember the Capt Ben from this thread-

Here is a photo that I took yesterday in Adam's Creek-





Here's a little more info on the build for those interested-  nice size boat at  68-Feet.






The Capt Ben is tied to Millis Seafood Company in Sneads Ferry. 

You might have seen this article about Nancy Millis Edens with her speaking out against license changes-


Mrs. Edens served as an AC member and Chairman on the 2015 Shrimp FMP-







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Where was, or is, the media on this?  An incident like this is public record.   While I truly feel sorry for Kenny Rustic and his loss week before last, why isn't the owner of the Jen Marie not having his/her story told?

Could it be that there is a definite conspiracy to keep the public from knowing exactly how many of these large oceanic trawlers are working Pamlico Sound and the danger they pose to the small local boats coming from the small towns of the Inner Banks to shrimp their home waters?

This kind of stuff would not happen in any other eastern seaboard state or even the Gulf states in waters behind the inlets because no other states would allow boats as big as the Captain Carl to effectively and efficiently operate in those waters.  The Gulf states reserve their inland coastal waters for boats like the Jen Marie and make the Captain Carl's of the world work the Gulf of Mexico where they were built to work.

It shows that the smaller boats working at night in Pamlico Sound are running a great risk just to work their home waters and the waters they were designed to work in because NC, unlike other states, lets oceanic vessels trawl in a lagoon.   Show me another example of that happening anywhere else in the world, let alone the US.   


Edited by Ray Brown - 30 July 2018 at 10:18am
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rumor on Saturday...confirmed this morning through CG Sector Wilmington...currently waiting the details-

one of the large steel hulled trawlers collided with a smaller wooden trawler on Thursday night (early Friday morning) sinking the smaller trawler-

AIS/MMSI data on the "Dead Cow" this morning is anecdotal evidence of the area the collision took place.  Dead Cow is a salvage vessel.




Updated info from "Sanders" CG Sector Wilmington-

collision occurred at 1:16AM on Friday, July 27 between the Capt Carl and the Jen Marie. The Jen Marie capsized and sank.

Location:  35 05.46 and 76 18.42, which is exactly where the Dead Cow is positioned above.

No one was injured.



The Capt Carl is actively trawling this morning-



I've been posting for over a year now that the level of trawling activity in the Pamlico Sound is a danger to commercial, recreational and passenger traffic.  The Coastguard needs to be actively enforcing AIS/MMSI compliance-


Should the DMF/MFC consider requiring AIS/MMSI transmitters on vessels less than 65-feet that trawl the Pamlico Sound?

If the Jen Marie had an active transmitter could that have helped avoid the collison?


Above photo shows a gauntlet any time of the day...how about in inclement weather and the dark.  The vessels shown represent only those actively running a AIS/MMSI transmitter...a small portion of the total trawl fleet

Again, navy blue and green icons are passenger ferries.






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UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Angry

Nice work Rick!


Now why in the hell does DMF allow this??????????????   What is wrong with that agency??




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Everybody getting the picture!  These guys can't follow the rules.  Tragedy of the Commons.  Get mine.  Getting caught is rare.  State penalties...just a cost of doing business.

Federal EEZ and Lacey Act violations-  what a surprise for some!  Several of the vessels shown above were involved and convicted less than one year ago of illegal striped bass trawling off NC.

Our office is pleased to partner with the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice in these significant cases,” said U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  “These prosecutions make clear that efforts to circumvent laws regulating commercial fishing -- which are implemented to sustain the species for the benefit of future generations -- will be enforced vigorously.”

So how do these convictions affect the owner of the SCFL and the vessel permit under "vigorous" enforcement of statue and rule controlled by NCDMF?



I've been tracking the Capt Ralph (Ralph Craddock) and the Lady Samaira (Ellis Leon Gibbs) in the Pamlico Sound this week- 



Two other boat that I've been tracking- the McKenzie and the Birdie P have the same NMFS permit mailing address in Hobucken, NC as does the F/V Jane Carolyn shown below that is one of the boats involved in the illegal striped bass trawling convictions for Michael Potter.

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
1029895 BIRDIE P SPA TRAWLER CAPT ALFRED INC PO BOX 100 HOBUCKEN NC 28537-0100 7/1/2018 6/30/2019
1041448 JANE CAROLYN SPA TRAWLER CAPT ALFRED INC PO BOX 100 HOBUCKEN NC 28537-0100 7/1/2018 6/30/2019
1062598 CAPT POTTER SPA SIDDIE GOLDEN INC PO BOX 100 HOBUCKEN NC 28537-0100 10/11/2017 9/30/2018
1069510 MCKENZIE SPA TRAWLER NEW HOPE INC PO BOX 100 HOBUCKEN NC 28537-0100 8/1/2017 8/31/2018





The Joyce D is a permitted vessel in SPA fishery but doesn't show as one of the boats that is actively running it's AIS/MMSI transmitter this week in the Pamlico.  Bryan Daniels was the Captain of that boat when he was convicted below in the illegal striped bass trawling case-


Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
531014 JOYCE D SPA HENRY DANIELS INC 302 TATE RD BELHAVEN NC 27810-9254 7/1/2018 6/30/2019


The principle owner of the boat is Henry Daniels, who was an advisory member to the original NC Shrimp FMP in 2006-

The Joyce D has not transmitted a received AIS/MMSI signal since June 22nd, 2018 while in the Pamlico Sound.  I wonder if the vessel is having transmitter issues?




Dwayne J. Hopkins shown convicted below was the captain on the Lady Carolyn at the time, which is a vessel also permitted in the SPA shrimp fishery-

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
1084993 LADY CAROLYN SPA HOPKINS, MURPHY JACKSON JR 195 HOPKINS SEAFOOD RD BELHAVEN NC 27810-9373 8/1/2017 7/31/2018
 
The Lady Carolyn has not transmitted a received AIS/MMSI signal since 5/24/18-



I had to look at that vessel photo a little better.  Why is a Belhaven based trawler sitting in Chincoteague missing the Pamlico Sound shrimp season?  Maybe it has a broken AIS/MMSI transmitter?




Joseph Howard Williams below was a Brunswick, Georgia resident at the time of his conviction below.  He was the captain on the F/V Jo Ann B, which is a Swanquarter based trawler and Mr. Williams is the president of Jo Ann B Inc of Swanquarter.

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
508901 JO ANN B SPA JO ANN B INC 66 3RD ST SWANQUARTER NC 27885-9384 5/1/2018 4/30/2019

JoAnn B has dropped off the data list for tracking...more research on that one...new boat name...new llc?


James K. Lewis, Jr was the captain on the Gulf stream III, which is also missing in action...




...but I remember that vessel name all too well from past posts on NC Waterman for it to be missing in action-

Turtle Shrimping on the Pamlico Sound- 

Just pushing this trash over-

More turtle shrimping-

So let's go back to the 2016-2017 NOAA SPA permitted boats-

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
1103688 GULF STREAM III SPA YANKEE FISHERMAN LLC PO BOX 13 NEWPORT NEWS VA 23607-0013 7/19/2016 6/30/2017


The Gulf Stream III was owned by Timothy Daniels-

Who is Timothy Daniels?

All of the Daniels family is on-board with the plan to sell the US-based scallop harvesting and processing firm Wanchese Fish Company to Cooke Aquaculture, with the last reportedly to agree being Timothy ‘Timmy’ Daniels.

I'll have to research the Gulf Stream III some more- Daniel either sold the boat or changed the name...possibly sold it to Cooke Seafood...more on that following...

The Bridgot Denise is is a permitted vessel in SPA fishery and one that I've been tracking in the Pamlico Sound this week.  David Saunders was the Captain of that boat when he was convicted below in the illegal striped bass trawling case.

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
1040383 BRIDGOT DENISE SPA ESTHER JOY INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 2/5/2018 1/31/2019

That's an easy address to remember....

I've been tracking two of Bridgot Denise's sister trawlers in the Pamlico Sound this week-

Vessel ID Vessel Name Permit Mail Recipient Address City State Zip Code Effective Date Expiration Date
1026244 PACIFICS SPA DELORES OF WANCHESE INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
1038900 BALD EAGLE II SPA FISHERMANS WHARF FILET INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 1/5/2018 12/31/2018
1040383 BRIDGOT DENISE SPA ESTHER JOY INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 2/5/2018 1/31/2019
1049030 SASSY SARAH SPA HIWALL INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 2/1/2018 1/31/2019
1073368 VICKIE II SPA HIWALL INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 2/1/2018 1/31/2019
1102867 LADY ANNA SPA CAPTAIN MALC INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 10/3/2017 7/31/2018
1104089 U-BOYS SPA U-BOYS LLC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 10/3/2017 10/31/2018
1123755 GOOD NEWS II SPA DELORES OF WANCHESE INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
587137 FRANK & MARIA SPA TRAWLER DIANE MARIE INC 48 WATER ST HAMPTON VA 23663-1718 10/3/2017 8/31/2018


Those 48 Waters Street, Hampton, Va  vessels are Cooke Seafood, former Wanchese Fish Company boats.  It is interesting that these are NC registered entities.  How does that work?  Boat docks in VA.  Owner is Virginia citizen.  Virginia mailing address.  Where does the boat spend the majority of it's time?  Where is property tax being paid?  Who owns the SCFL that is assigned to the Captain?  I can promise you this is a case of assignment.  Is that a NC resident SCFL being assigned? 





...more to follow as I get time to research each rock fish case for additional connections-

United States v. Dewey W. Willis, Jr., No. 2:15-CR-3-BO:

 

JUDGMENT as to Dewey W. Willis, Jr. (1) - Count 3 - 5 years PROBATION - 6 months home confinement without electronic monitoring - during the 6 months of home confinement, the defendant shall be allowed to continue to be employed - 100 hours community service - Restitution in the amount of $24,635.67 without interest - $100.00 special assessment - Counts 1, 2 and 4 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/4/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/08/2017)

 

United States v. James Ralph Craddock, No. 2:15-CR-7-BO

 

JUDGMENT as to James Ralph Craddock (1) - Count 3 - PROBATION for 1 year with standard and additional standard conditions - $100.00 special assessment - Restitution in the amount of $27,482.25 - Counts 1, 2 and 4 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 10/10/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 10/12/2017)

 

United States v. Joseph Howard Williams, No. 4:15-CR-2-BO

 

JUDGMENT as to Joseph Howard Williams (1) - Count 1 - 3 years PROBATION - 100 hours community service - Restitution in the amount of $69,045.43 - Special assessment of $100.00 - Counts 2, 3 and 4 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/23/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/25/2017)

 

United States v. Ellis Leon Gibbs, Jr., No. 4:14-CR-9-BO

 

JUDGMENT as to Ellis Leon Gibbs, Jr. (1) - Counts 4 and 5 - Probation - 2 years per count - concurrent with standard and additional standard conditions - $200.00 special assessment - Restitution in the amount of $55,220.37 - Counts 1-2, 3 and 6 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 10/10/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 10/12/2017)

 

United States v. Dwayne J. Hopkins, 2:15-CR-8-BO Sentencing now before Judge Boyle

 

JUDGMENT as to Dwayne J. Hopkins (1) - Count 1 - 3 years PROBATION - 100 hours community service - Restitution in the amount of $35,318.32 - Special assessment of $100.00 - Counts 2 through 4 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/23/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/25/2017)

 

United States v. John Roberts¸ No. 4:15-CR-3-BO

 

JUDGMENT as to John Roberts (1) - Count 3 - 3 years PROBATION - 100 hours community service - Restitution in the amount of $55,044.44 - Special assessment of $100.00 - Counts 1, 2 and 4 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/23/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/25/2017)


 

United States v. David Saunders, Jr., No. 2:15-CR-2-B0

 

JUDGMENT as to David Saunders, Jr. (1) - Count 5 - 3 years PROBATION - 100 hours community service - Restitution in the amount of $67,318.31 - Special assessment of $100.00 - Counts 1 through 4, 6 and 7 are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/23/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/25/2017)

 

United States v. Michael Potter, No. 2:15-CR-6-BO

 

JUDGMENT as to Michael Potter (1) - Count 1 - 5 years PROBATION with standard and additional standard conditions - Restitution in the amount of $34,422.77 without interest - $100.00 special assessment - Count 2 is Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/4/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/09/2017)

 

United States v. Bryan Daniels,

 

JUDGMENT as to Bryan H. Daniels (1) - Sentenced on 8/4/2017 - Count 4 - 5 years PROBATION with standard and additional standard conditions - Restitution in the amount of $67,190.36 without interest - $100.00 special assessment - Counts 1 through 3 and 5 are dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/4/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/08/2017)

 

United States v. Stephen Daniels

 

JUDGMENT of US Court of Appeals (certified copy) as to Stephen Daniels regarding 35 Notice of Appeal - Final Judgment. In accordance with the decision of this court, the orders of the district court dismissing the indictments are reversed. This case is remanded to the district court for further proceedings consistent with the court's decision. This judgment shall take effect upon issuance of this court's mandate in accordance with Fed. R. App. P. 41. (Tripp, S.) (Entered: 07/05/2016)

AMENDED JUDGMENT as to Stephen Daniels (1) - Sentencing held on 8/4/2017 - Count 1 - 5 years PROBATION with standard and additional standard conditions - Restitution in the amount of $94,696.61 without interest - $100.00 special assessment. Judgment amended as to Page 3 - additional standard conditions only. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 8/22/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 08/23/2017)

 


United States v. James K. Lewis, Jr.

 

JUDGMENT as to James K. Lewis, Jr. (1) - Count 1s - 3 years PROBATION with standard and additional standard conditions - $100.00 special assessment - Fine in the amount of $3,000 - Restitution in the amount of $41,611.17 - the fine and restitution shall be paid through installments payments - the amount shall be set by the US Probation Office - Counts 2s and 3s are Dismissed. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 11/8/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 11/14/2017)

 

United States V. Gaston L. Saunders

 

JUDGMENT as to Gaston L. Saunders (1) - Count 1s through 5s - 6 months with standard and additional standard conditions - $275.00 special assessment - Restitution in the amount of $653,795.87 - Original indictment is on 11/9/2017. Signed by District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 11/8/2017. (Downing, L.) (Entered: 11/14/2017)

 

Ronald Berry Case against him was abated on 10/8/15



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I wasn't boo-hooing Rick.  My comment was meant for Ryan.

Just wanted to clear that up.Censored
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Originally posted by Rick Rick wrote:


Egotism is the anesthetic which nature gives us to deaden the pain of being a fool. Dr. Herbert Shofield

So apply egotism to me?LOL   Fecking "BaitWaster? "  Look in the mirror Skippy
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As I've told you in the past, I'm not here to debate...

Not debating just pointing out an oversight in your extrapolation. 
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You're trolling.  If Chuck hadn't removed your moderator authority you'd be editing and deleting my posts again

Complete and utter bovine feces.Angry  About the only moderation I did was purging non-fishing comments on the Fishing Report forum which has died on the vine.
 
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For those reading this, I apologize. Yes- I'm testy, which I personally don't like.  This fight is never ending.  We have gained little in almost six years of resource positive MFC appointments.  What we gained, we mostly lost to lawsuits.  The conservation/resource sector tries to play within the system.  At times it has been both madding and mind-numbing trying to think outside the box and develop comfort to risk.  There is ample low-hanging fruit that will produce immediate gains, possibly leaps and bounds towards sustainability, that somehow continues to slip away from the MFC.  I'd love to have the hours back that I have spent trying to let light perform it's job of being the best of disinfectants.  NCDMF staff should be including much of this "light shedding" data annually as part of multiple FMPs, stock assessments, CHPP requirements, etc.  We must remove "political science" as the driving force behind fisheries management in NC.  We must clean house at DMF removing biased senior staff.  The public must demand action from our politicians and "vote them out" every election if "they" are not supporting sustainable fisheries management- lip service and lipstick on pigs doesn't count.  That is why I will continue to shed the light on management disgraces and work diligently in the dark on politics.  I am very lucky to have many great friends and mentors that I have met in almost twenty years of fighting this battle with them, particularly those in the last six years that have been in the trenches....and 99.9% with no vested economic interest in reform.  It has been a fight of the heart for what is right.  I hope to sit down at a true round table one day with my friends and past enemies to review progress that confirms sustainable fisheries float all boats.  Sadly, some of us will go to our graves fighting this battle- if we don't lose our minds first.  If you have the time, get more involved- the resource needs you...we need you.  My rant for the year.  Thank you.
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Originally posted by ryan ryan wrote:

Just tired of hearing the sky is falling!!!

A piece already has-  a piece that was once a bright shining economic driver in the late spring through early fall for places like Cedar Island, Merrimon, Hobucken, Vanderemere, Swanquarter, Engelhard, Whortonville.  Gray trout helped support boat builders- and dealers of which almost every small town in Eastern NC had at least one if not two or three.  Ramp parking lots were full- many private for-pay use with many having small motels and campgrounds that made money as did local restaurants. Grandparents, children and grandchildren spent many an hour enjoying each other's company while slightly jigging a little piece of metal in deep holes and channels of the Pamlico Sound.  Lifetime friends were made from meeting a friend of a friend that came on a trip.

If we had honest data and assessments coming from DMF staff, the reason that piece of sky fell would fall squarely on the backs of past Marine Fisheries Commissions and on several key members of senior staff still driving policy today at NCDMF.  Today, that staff and policy allow unsustainable shrimp trawling in the undesignated primary and secondary nursery areas for gray trout- weakfish.  Senior DMF staff with bias to support commercial harvest at any cost is fighting tooth-n-nail against all efforts to properly designate NC's economically important nursery areas.

Why?



...and the data below in no shape or form accounts for the millions of fish killed annually as juvenile discards in the Southeast shrimp trawl fishery.  If it did, it would surely be the single largest source of mortality in NC and possibility coastwide for the Weakfish stock- just as the ASMFC recently admitted is the case for Spot and Atlantic Croaker


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