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Public Meetings to be Held on Coastal Striped Bass Management

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 9)—The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, will hold a series of eight public meetings from Sept. 15 through Oct. 8 to receive comments on management options proposed in the draft Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP).

The plan’s goal is to ensure the long-term viability of North Carolina’s coastal striped bass populations by conserving spawning stock and protecting critical habitats. The plan consists of two sections: the first focuses on the status and management measures of the Albemarle Sound and Roanoke River stock; the second addresses the status and management measures of stocks in all central/southern waters of coastal North Carolina.

A citizen advisory committee comprising recreational anglers, commercial fishermen and scientists worked with Division of Marine Fisheries and Wildlife Commission staff to draft the Striped Bass FMP.

The public is encouraged to attend the public meetings and provide comments on the draft recommendations. Once public comments have been incorporated into the plan, a final draft of the FMP will be presented to the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Wildlife Commission for adoption.

Meeting dates and locations are:

Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
Craven Community College, Orringer Hall Auditorium
800 College Court, New Bern

Sept. 16, 6 p.m.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office
127 Cardinal Drive, Wilmington

Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Wayne Center
208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro

Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
DENR Regional Office
943 Washington Square Mall, Washington

Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Edgecombe Community College
2009 W. Wilson Street, Tarboro

Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
N.C. Aquarium at Roanoke Island
Auditorium, Manteo

Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Swain Auditorium
101 Court Street, Edenton

Oct. 8, 7 p.m.
Halifax Community College
200 College Drive, Weldon

A summary of the draft FMP is available here. (pdf)

A copy of the full draft FMP is available online, http://www.ncdmf.net/download/index.html, or from any Division of Marine Fisheries office. A copy is available on CD also. To order a CD, contact Jess Hawkins, (252) 726-7021.

For more information on these meetings or for answers to questions about the draft plan, contact:

Sara Winslow
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
(800) 338-7805
(252) 264-3911
David Taylor
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
(800) 682-2632
(252) 726-7021
Pete Kornegay
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
(252) 338-3607

 

 

 

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