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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committees to Meet

North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission advisory committees are scheduled to meet in January by WebEx. The meetings will be streamed on YouTube.

Those who wish to attend a meeting online and speak during the public comment period must pre-register. The deadline for registration for online public comment is noon the day of the meeting.

A listening station will be set up for each meeting at the state Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City.

To submit public comment from the listening station register on site by 6 p.m. the night of the meeting.

  • Northern Regional Advisory Committee 6 p.m. Jan. 10
  • Southern Regional Advisory Committee 6 p.m. Jan. 11
  • Finfish Advisory Committee 6 p.m. Jan. 12
  • Shellfish/Crustacean Advisory Committee 6 p.m. Jan. 17
  • Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee 6 p.m. Jan. 18

Agendas and registration links can be found on the MFC Advisory Committee Meetings webpage.

All five committees are scheduled to discuss the fundamentals of stock assessments and receive an update on Draft Supplement A to the Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1. The draft supplement includes various proposals for a commercial and recreational season closure to end overfishing in the striped mullet fishery, officials said.

The Shellfish/Crustacean Advisory Committee will discuss a proposed revision to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 that would modify the list of devices approved for use in Diamondback Terrapin Management Areas. The modification would allow for the use of a new device invented by North Carolina fishermen.

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