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Jodie L. Best

919-773-2881, ext. 318

jodie.best@ncwildlife.org 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COASTAL STRIPED BASS FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN MEETINGS TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 30) - The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, will hold a series of four public meetings from Oct. 6 through Oct. 9 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:

Oct. 6, 7 p.m. N.C. Aquarium at Roanoke Island, Auditorium 374 Airport Road, Manteo

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

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

Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Wayne Community College The Learning Center, Room 210 3000 Wayne Memorial Drive Goldsboro

A summary of the draft FMP is posted on the Wildlife Resources Commission's Web site, www.ncwildlife.org

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 David Taylor N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (800) 338-7805 (800) 682-2632 (252) 264-3911 (252) 726-7021

Pete Kornegay N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (252) 338-3607

 

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