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August 2020 MFC Briefing Book

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    Posted: 10 August 2020 at 11:13am

Of interest-

Page 92-
Due to protective measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Observer Program received a waiver from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) for maintaining observer coverage until further notice. Although the last observer-led trip was on March 18, Marine Patrol continued field activities and observed a limited number of gill net trips. All indications are that fishing effort decreased during the spring due to COVID-19. There were no observed or reported incidental takes of sea turtles during the 2020 spring season.  There were three live Atlantic sturgeon interactions in large mesh gill nets in management unit A during March 2020. 

Page 92 and 93

In early June, four bottlenose dolphins became entangled in a single operation of beach seine gear operating on the ocean-side of the Outer Banks. Two were released alive; two died. The NCDMF consulted with the National Marine Fisheries Service, who in turn reached out to the fisherman for more information. The issue will be discussed at the next Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Team meeting (date TBD). 
In late June, two dolphins were recovered dead ocean-side near Cape Hatteras. Both dolphins had their flukes removed (clean cuts indicative of a knife) and both had apparent entanglement lesions. Assessment of potential gear type is ongoing by the National Marine Fisheries Service. 

My note: The video below was shot last year of a Hatteras Island beach seine operation-  

Page 110

Southern Flounder Landings Report

2017 was 1,424,907 pounds
2019 was 799,773 pounds

It looks like the targets 62% reduction in 2019 turned out to be 44%.

You might review rule change pages- some of it's boring and some of it is interesting- starts on page 191

Edited by Rick - 10 August 2020 at 11:24am
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
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