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Posted By: Rick
Subject: Everything is just fine...
Date Posted: 12 June 2018 at 10:57am

Move Along!!!! Nothing to see here!

Commercial fishing landings decline in 2017


MOREHEAD CITY – The amount of fish and shellfish fishermen sold at North Carolina docks declined last year, due in large part to a drop in hard blue crab landings. But shrimp landings remained at a record high for the second straight year. 

Fishermen sold 54.4 million pounds of fish and shellfish to North Carolina seafood dealers in 2017, a 9.3 percent drop from 2016 and 7 percent lower than the previous five-year average. However, the $96.5 million estimated dockside value of the 2017 landings was 2.6 percent higher than the value of the landings in 2016. 

Contributing to the decrease in overall landings was a fall in hard blue crab landings. Fishermen sold 18 million pounds of hard blue crabs at North Carolina docks in 2017, which was 26.9 percent lower than in 2016 and 25 percent lower than the previous five-year average. The estimated dockside value of hard blue crab landings dropped by 14.3 percent to $17.8 million. 

Alternatively, fishermen landed 427,753 pounds of soft blue crabs in 2017, an increase of 50.2 percent over 2016 and 20.3 percent over the previous five-year average. Peeler blue crab landings increased by 74 percent over 2016 and 29.5 percent over the previous five-year average. 

Hard blue crab remained the top marine fisheries species landed in North Carolina, followed by shrimp at 13.9 million pounds.  

While shrimp landings increased by only 5 percent from 2016, they remained the highest since the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program began in 1994, and were 34 percent higher than the five-year average. 

Rounding out the top five species landed last year were summer flounder (1.6 million pounds), bluefish (1.5 million pounds) and southern flounder (1.4 million pounds). 

While not in the top five, 2017 landings of black drum and red drum more than doubled from 2016 landings, which can be attributed to a strong year classes in previous years. A year class is fish in a stock that were born in the same year. 

Landings of spiny dogfish, cobia and Atlantic croaker decreased in 2017. 

The Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program collects commercial fishing landings statistics through legislatively-mandated reporting of all fisherman to dealer transactions. 

Landings can fluctuate from year-to year based on many factors, including environmental conditions, market changes and fishing effort. 

For a full landings report, click on the 2017 Annual Fisheries Bulletin link" rel="nofollow - .

Coastal recreational fishing landings down in 2017


MOREHEAD CITY – Coastal recreational anglers caught and kept fewer fish last year than in 2017, likely due in part to bad weather days during prime fishing season that kept surf fishermen off the water. 

Coastal anglers caught and kept more than 5.5 million fish with an estimated total weight of 11 million pounds in North Carolina in 2017, according to estimates from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Coastal Angling Program. That was about 35.7 percent fewer fish (8.1 percent fewer pounds) than in 2016. 

The decrease in landings correlates with a 16 percent reduction in the total number of fishing trips taken, including a 39 percent drop in the number of beach/bank fishing trips. The greatest decrease in fishing trips came during September and October, when Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria passed offshore.

Key species with decreased landings included bluefish (55.5 percent), Atlantic croaker (34 percent), dolphin (29 percent), kingfishes (36.6 percent), pinfish (36 percent), pigfish (67.5 percent), and puffers (52.6 percent). These species represented 56 percent of the overall drop by number. 

On the other hand, increases in the number of fish landed were seen in some species, including red drum (63.4 percent), pompano (12 percent), and yellowfin tuna (42.3 percent). 

The top five species landed in 2017 by number were: kingfishes (551,861), bluefish (524,072), spot (469,462), Spanish mackerel (439,654), and spotted seatrout (339,523). 

The top five species landed by weight were: yellowfin tuna (3 million pounds), dolphin (1.5 million pounds), bluefish (690,018 pounds), spotted seatrout (580,849 pounds), and wahoo (497,341 pounds). 

The Division of Marine Fisheries estimates recreational fishing harvests through broad-based intercept surveys, where port agents talk to fishermen on the beach, at the piers and at boat ramps, and through mail surveys to license holders. 

For a full landings report, click on the 2017 Annual Fisheries Bulletin link" rel="nofollow - .

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.

Posted By: Bread Man 1
Date Posted: 12 June 2018 at 7:57pm
What a joke!!!!!! Red drum commercial harvest is up due to "a good year class." Rec landings were down due to "bad weather."

You can't make this SH!T up!!

Posted By: 23Mako
Date Posted: 12 June 2018 at 8:24pm
Total commercial harvest was 54.4 million pounds spread across a few thousand commercial fishermen. 

Recreational harvest was 11 million pounds spreads across almost 470,000 recreational fishermen. 

Seems like a great balance! 

Posted By: TomM
Date Posted: 12 June 2018 at 10:03pm
Bread an they make this ballyhoo up every day

Posted By: chriselk
Date Posted: 13 June 2018 at 6:44am
I was disappointed in that report as well, but lets be fair.

Both rec and comm red drum landings were about double the previous benchmark.

Under the Rec harvest portion of the report:

Trips.  Down 19% and 39 percent shore based.  This is stunning.  See the drop in shore based landings such as spot..  The DMF likes to talk about CPUE so is the drop due to effort or stocks?  I always like the saying, if you build a stock the fishermen will come.  

Bluefish.  Coastwide rec landing have been down so this is not a surprise.  In fact the ASMFC/MAFMC have historically transferred rec quota to comms.  Also, the upcoming meetings are trying to move rec allocations to comms.  If you want to continue to have abundant bluefish, then y'all ought to say so.

Spot.  Where the heck did the spot go?  This is really pitiful  This is probably the most glaring item. Shoot, even more kingfishes (sea mullets) were landed than spot.  

Kingfishes.  We dont have a valid stock assessment to follow where they are going.  Up or down?  We need to get on this assessment, because with the more intense shrimp trawling on the beach, it will impact these sea mullets (there are three species lumped together).  Oh the hidden cost of shrimping.

The above comments are my personal opinion and do not represent those of any organizations or agencies I may be a member of.

Posted By: 23Mako
Date Posted: 13 June 2018 at 8:10am
Look for the choir to start asking to remove the cap and slot size on red drum. 

Posted By: bakesta
Date Posted: 13 June 2018 at 9:28am
Originally posted by Rick Rick wrote:

Coastal recreational fishing landings down in 2017

That was about 35.7 percent fewer fish  than in 2016. 

The decrease in landings correlates with a 16 percent reduction in the total number of fishing trips taken, 

16 percent fewer trips and 35.7 % fewer fish 


People are giving up.   That's what happens when you wipe out your stocks.  Inshore fishing is just a waste of time for the person who only goes out less than 10 times a year - so they are quitting.

This is what we have managed for at all levels - DMF/MFC/legislature/governor - for the last 100 years so nobody should be surprised. 

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest." --- Mark Twain

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