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    Posted: 10 December 2019 at 4:35pm


Release: Immediate

Contact: Chris Stewart

Date: Dec. 10, 2019

Phone: 910-796-7370

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Division of Marine Fisheries announces scoping period on shrimp

 

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public scoping period Jan. 7-21, 2020 to solicit public comments on potential management strategies for an upcoming amendment to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.

 

Management strategies to further reduce bycatch of non-target species in the shrimp trawl fishery and potential changes to existing shrimp management strategies are being examined.

 

Fisheries stakeholders can provide in-person comments at three scoping meetings that will be held:

 

Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Washington Regional Office

943 Washington Square Mall, Washington

 

Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Central District Office

5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City

 

Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Wilmington regional office

127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington

 

 

Beginning Jan. 7, comments can also be submitted through the division's website with an online form or by mail. A news release will be issued closer to the scoping period providing details on how the public can participate.

 

A scoping document outlining the potential management strategies can be found on the Shrimp Amendment Information Page.


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...and boy did I get a chuckle out of the photo the Division used for the scoping document.

A guy with a cast net.

Test question:  What % of NC shrimp are landed with a cast net?





...here, I fixed it for them to give them a little credibility-




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Cast nets only! No limits, no restrictions!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 December 2019 at 9:45pm

...maybe I was too critical on DMF and their choice of photo.  Was that a forward thinking subliminal message that the Division recommendation for the inside fishery is sustainable and bycatch friendly cast nets?  If only I could have that hope!  
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Let's look at things the way the Division likes to look at shrimp data....TRIPS.  

The Division will tell you that shrimp trawl effort (Trips) is down 50% to 75% over the last twenty years, therefore bycatch is down the same amount...even though landings are up 2X over the long-term average with landings and bycatch being a function of catch.

The Shrimp Scoping document tells us that recreational seine and cast net users took 168,010 trips over the 7 year period from 2012 to 2018.  That is a 24,001 average per year.

Let's compare that seine/cast net effort to 6,094 commercial trips targeting shrimp in 2018.

We can expect DMF to tell us that recreational seine/cast net effort is 4X that of commercial effort.  

Recreational effort must be addressed.

Only in NC, because we're different. 

Is the above stupid, absolutely.  It's a joke.  Just as the Division's stance that trawl effort today is less than it was twenty years ago.

Measuring Trips doesn't work unless we're all using a 7' cast net...now there's an idea.





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...well, it looks like DMF got the message and changed their message-

This is new photo in the DMF linked scoping document removing the original "castnet" photo-





The Scoping period starts tomorrow-  January 7th, 2020

Scoping Document-

 Public Meeting Notice-

Fisheries stakeholders can provide in-person comments at three scoping meetings that will be held:

  Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Washington Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall, Washington
Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
  Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
Wilmington regional office
127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington 
 

Starting tomorrow, you can make public comment online-

...but the Division hasn't released a link to that document yet.

...maybe today or tomorrow-

Beginning Jan. 7, comments can also be submitted through the division's website with an online form or by mail. A news release will be issued closer to the scoping period providing details on how the public can participate.

We MUST reduce trawl effort in our nursery areas if we are to see croaker, spot, weakfish, flounders and crab stocks return to healthy stock statuses.

These are the questions that DMF needs your input on-







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Today's New Release-

Roy Cooper

Governor

Michael S. Regan

Secretary

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Steve Murphey

Director

Release: Immediate

Contact: Chris Stewart

Date: Jan. 7, 2020

Phone: 910-796-7370

 

Reminder: Division of Marine Fisheries begins scoping period on shrimp

 

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking input from the public on potential management strategies for an upcoming amendment to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.

 

The amendment will examine management strategies to further reduce bycatch of non-target species in the shrimp trawl fishery and potential changes to existing shrimp management strategies.

 

Fishermen and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide input by either attending one of three scoping meetings or providing written comments.

 

The scoping meetings were previously announced and are scheduled for:

 

Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Washington Regional Office

943 Washington Square Mall

Washington

 

Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

Central District Office

5285 Highway 70 West

Morehead City

 

Jan. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

N.C. Department of Environmental Quality

Wilmington Regional Office

127 Cardinal Drive Extension

Wilmington

 

 

The scoping meetings will include a presentation from division staff, followed by a public comment period. Individuals will be allotted three minutes each for comment on a first-come-first-served basis. The meetings will end at 8 p.m., as scheduled.

 

The public may submit written comments through an online form that can be accessed through the Shrimp Amendment Information Page or submit comments by mail to:

 

Shrimp Amendment 2 Scoping Comments

P.O. Box 769

Morehead City, N.C. 28557

 

Comments should be posted online or postmarked by 5 p.m. Jan. 21. The division will not accept comments submitted by email.

 

The division is seeking comments on potential management strategies in the shrimp fishery that have already been identified for development in Amendment 2. The issues are:

 

  • Bycatch Reduction–Effort Control – additional day(s) of week closure, closed seasons in internal coastal waters (estuarine) and the Atlantic Ocean (0‐3 miles), headrope reductions;
  • Bycatch Reduction–Area Restrictions – close additional areas to shrimp trawling (such as bycatch hotspots), develop migration corridors closed to shrimp trawling;
  • Shrimp Management–Size Restrictions – eliminate shrimp management by size, adjust target opening sizes; and
  • Habitat–Area Restrictions – closing critical fish habitat areas to shrimp trawls.

 

A scoping document further outlining the potential management strategies can be found on the Shrimp Amendment Information Page.

 

Scoping is the first stage of the amendment process. Additional opportunities to comment on the draft amendment will be announced as the fishery management plan process proceeds.


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You need to go into the document to take the survey.  Rick's link to just the survey fails.



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Originally posted by themoose themoose wrote:

You need to go into the document to take the survey.  Rick's link to just the survey fails.

 


Go to this link:






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I filled mine out and it looks and sounds just like Ricks.  Go figure!

Now the DMF can ignore it.



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