Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committees

Overview

The MFC Advisory Committees provide insights and comments directly to the commission for consideration during their decision-making process. All advisors are appointed by the MFC Chairman and serve three-year terms. There are five statutorily required Advisory Committees that fall into two categories. The MFC Chairman also convenes committees to assist in the development of fishery management plans, and to deal with emerging issues as the commission deems necessary.

View the list of upcoming Advisory Committee meetings

Apply to Serve

The MFC is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen, scientists, and other interested parties to sit on various fisheries advisory committees. If you are interested in serving as an adviser, please complete the application below. The solicitation period occurs in the fall of each year, with new advisor terms beginning in January.

Apply to Serve on an Advisory Committee

Regional and Standing Advisory Committees

Northern Regional

Northern Regional

Member Requirements

Members of the Northern Regional Advisory Committee must reside within areas from the Virginia line south through Hyde and Pamlico counties and any counties to the West.

Current Northern Regional AC Members

Advisors
(County of Residence)
Term Expiration Date
Everett Blake (Harnett), Vice Chair January 1, 2024
Keith Bruno (Pamlico) January 1, 2023
James Neely (Wake) January 1, 2022
Thomas Newman (Martin) January 1, 2024
Raymond Pugh, Jr. (Dare) January 1, 2023
Jim Rice (Wake) January 1, 2023
Roger Rulifson (Pitt) January 1, 2022
Kenneth Shivar (Wake) January 1, 2022
Jamie Winslow (Martin) January 1, 2023
Sara Winslow (Perquimans), Chair January 1, 2023

DMF Committee Staff

David Behringer
Biologist
252-473-5734
Lee Paramore
Northern District Manager
Lee.Paramore@ncdenr.gov
252-473-5734 
Capt. Daniel Ipock
Marine Patrol, Northeast District
252-726-7021
Capt. Chris Lee
Marine Patrol, Northeast District
252-726-7021

 

Southern Regional

Southern Regional

Member Requirements

Members of the Southern Regional Advisory Committee must reside within areas from Carteret County south to the South Carolina line and any counties to the West.

Current Southern Regional AC Members

Advisors
(County of Residence)
Term Expiration Date
Edwin Bebb (Robeson)
January 1, 2022
Samuel Boyce (New Hanover) January 1, 2024
Cane Faircloth (Brunswick)
January 1, 2023
Jason Fowler (Onslow)
January 1, 2022
Jerry James (Duplin), Vice Chair
January 1, 2022
Pam Morris (Carteret)
January 1, 2023
James Rochelle, Jr. (Pender)
January 1, 2023
Fred Scharf (New Hanover), Chair
January 1, 2024
Tom Smith (Mecklenburg)
January 1, 2023
Adam Tyler (Carteret)
January 1, 2023
Tim Wilson (Brunswick)
January 1, 2023

DMF Committee Staff

Tina Moore
Southern District Manager
252-808-8082
Chris Stewart
Biologist Supervisor
910-796-7370
Capt. Garland Yopp
Marine Patrol, Southern District
800-682-2632
Sgt. Ashley Bishop
Marine Patrol, Central District
252-726-7021
Finfish Standing

Finfish Standing

Statutorily required standing committee comprised of commissioners and advisers that consider matters related to finfish.

Current Finfish AC Members

Advisors
(County of Residence)
Term Expiration Date
Thomas Brewer (Carteret)
January 1, 2024
Jeff Buckel (Carteret)
January 1, 2022
Brent Fulcher (Craven)
January 1, 2024
Randy Proctor (Wake)
January 1, 2022
Tom Roller, (Carteret), Chair
June 30, 2023
Sam Romano (New Hanover), Vice Chair
June 30, 2022
Ken Seigler (Onslow)
January 1, 2023
William Tarplee (Onslow)
January 1, 2024
Scott Whitley (Pitt)
January 1, 2024
Sara Winslow (Perquimans)
January 1, 2022

DMF Committee Staff

Lee Paramore 
Northern District Manager
Lee.Paramore@ncdenr.gov 
252-473-5734 
Officer William Boyd 
Marine Patrol, Central District
William.Boyd@ncdenr.gov 
252-726-7021 
Habitat and Water Quality Standing

Habitat and Water Quality Standing

Statutorily required standing committee comprised of commissioners and advisers that consider matters concerning habitat and water quality that may affect coastal fisheries resources.

Current Habitat and Water Quality AC Members

Advisors
(County of Residence)
Term Expiration Date
Brian Boutin (Dare)
January 1, 2023
Bob Christian (Pitt)
January 1, 2023
Joel Fodrie (Carteret)
January 1, 2022
Nathan Hall (Carteret)
January 1, 2022
Pete Kornegay, (Camden) Chair
June 30, 2023
Scott Leahy (Carteret) January 1, 2024
Chris Moore (Pitt)
January 1, 2022
Dr. Martin Posey, Vice Chair
June 30, 2022
Jerry Spoo (Forsyth) January 1, 2024
Mike Street (Carteret)
January 1, 2023

DMF Committee Staff

Anne Deaton
Habitat Protection Section Chief
910-796-7215
Jason Parker
Marine Patrol
910-796-7229
Shellfish/Crustacean Standing

Shellfish/Crustacean Standing

Statutorily required standing committee comprised of commissioners and advisers that considers matters concerning oysters, clams, scallops and other molluscan shellfish, shrimp, and crabs.

Current Shellfish/Crustacean AC Members

Advisors
(County of Residence)
Term Expiration Date
Jim Hardin (Pitt) January 1, 2022
Pete Kornegay, (Camden), co-Vice Chair June 30, 2023
Mike Marshall (Carteret) January 1, 2022
Bruce Morris (Carteret) January 1, 2023
Dr. Martin Posey, (New Hanover), co-Vice Chair June 30, 2022
Sam Romano, (New Hanover), Chair June 30, 2022
Brian Shepard (Onslow) January 1, 2023
Adam Tyler (Carteret) January 1, 2024
Ted Wilgis (New Hanover) January 1, 2022
Tim Willis (Carteret) January 1, 2024

DMF Committee Staff

Tina Moore
Southern District Manager
252-808-8082
Anne Deaton
Habitat Protection Section Chief
910-796-7215
Colonel Carter Witten
Marine Patrol
252-808-8130
Shrimp Fishery Management Plan

Shrimp Fishery Management Plan

To contact the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee, please use the following contact information: shrimpfmpadvisorycommittee@ncdenr.gov

Current Shrimp Fishery Management Plan AC Members

Advisors
John Costner
Ward Elis
Fred Harris 
Donald Ipock
Dr. Wilson Laney 
Bruce MacLachlan
Gary Nowell
Clyde Phillips

DMF Committee Staff

Chris Stewart
Species Lead
910-796-7370
Jason Rock
Species Lead
252-808-8091   
Dan Zapf
Species Lead
252-946-6481   
Debbie Manley
Administrative Specialist
252-808-8075
Col. Carter Witten
Marine Patrol
252-726-7021
Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan

Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan

To provide comments to the Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee, please contact DMF committee staff leads at the email addresses provided below.

Current Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan AC Members

Advisors
William Blackwell
Stuart Creighton
Gregory Judy
Paul Lane
Jot Owens
Thomas Smith

DMF Committee Staff

Charlton Godwin
Species Lead
252-264-3911
Todd Mathes
Species Lead
252-946-6481  
Nathaniel Hancock
Species Lead
252-264-3911 
Debbie Manley
Administrative Specialist
252-808-8075
Col. Carter Witten
Marine Patrol
252-726-7021