CITY OF PLUS-HEAD – Anyone in Carteret County who is interested in the management of the estuarine striped bass has several opportunities to provide advice to state fisheries managers on a proposed change to the fisheries management plan.
The NC Marine Fisheries Division will host a multi-day webinar workshop in September and October with the Estuarine Bass Fisheries Management Plan Advisory Committee to review Draft Amendment 2 to the Atlantic Bass Fisheries Management Plan. estuarine bar. Interested participants can listen to the workshop by phone or listen and view the presentations by registering online.
Web conferencing links, phone numbers, meeting documents, and other information are available on the website deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/marine-fisheries/stripedbass-amendment2.
According to the draft amendment, the objective of the amendment is to manage striped bass fisheries in estuaries to achieve self-sustaining populations. The intention is to provide a sustainable harvest based on scientific decision-making processes.
“If biological and / or environmental actors prevent a self-sufficient population, alternative management strategies will be implemented to ensure protection and access to the resource,” indicates the draft amendment.
The current TMP for Estuarine Striped Bass was last revised in November 2020. The fishery is divided into two geographic management units: the northern unit, which includes the Roanoke River Management Area and the Roanoke Management Area. Albemarle Strait, and the southern unit, which includes the central / southern management area, including estuarine waters of Carteret County.
The dates and times of the modification workshops are as follows:
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 28.
3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday September 30.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, October 1.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 4.
As long as the workshop is open to the public, no public comments will be accepted.
This workshop includes the Fisheries Management Plan Advisory Committee and members of the Division Plan Development Team, including staff from the Marine Fisheries Division and the Wildlife Commission. The advisory committee will assist the division by providing comments for consideration to refine the draft Amendment 2 of the North Carolina Estuary Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan.
Workshop-style meetings allow scientists, managers and committee stakeholders to respond to questions, comments and concerns more effectively and in a less formal setting.
Based on the results of the workshop, the division will present a revised draft of Amendment 2 to the Marine Fisheries Commission in 2022. Further public review and comments on the draft plan will then be solicited and will be a key input. upon completion of the final plan.
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