Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings

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Meetings Overview

The MFC typically holds four business meetings a year, but may hold additional meetings if necessary. Three of the annual meetings are held in the coastal regions, with the fourth typically held in a central location. For the commission to conduct business there must be at least five of the nine members present, with at least one recreational member and one commercial member.

How to Participate

All MFC meetings are open to the public. You may attend in person, when possible, or virtually online. To provide comments for MFC consideration, you may complete the online form, submit comments by U.S. Mail or you may register to speak during the public comment period during the meeting. Please see the Meeting Materials and Details section below for more information on how to participate.

2021 Commission Meeting Schedule

Event Date Location
MFC Quarterly Business Meeting May 20-21, 2021                           Held via Webinar Only
Northern and Southern Regional AC Meeting June 15, 2021 TBD
Finfish and Shellfish-Crustacean AC Meeting June 16, 2021 TBD
Habitat and Water Quality AC Meeting June 17, 2021 TBD
Southern Regional AC Meeting July 20, 2021 TBD
Northern Regional AC Meeting July 21, 2021 TBD
Finfish AC Meeting July 22, 2021 TBD
MFC Quarterly Business Meeting August 25-27, 2021 TBD
Northern and Southern Regional AC Meeting October 12, 2021 TBD
Finfish and Shellfish-Crustacean AC Meeting October 13, 2021 TBD
Habitat and Water Quality AC Meeting October 14, 2021 TBD
MFC Quarterly Business Meeting November 17-19, 2021 TBD

Meeting Materials and Details

Quarterly Business Meeting - May 20, 2021

Quarterly Business Meeting - May 20, 2021

Meeting Agenda          Complete Briefing Materials

Meeting Agenda Overview
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Information

Preliminary Matters

Public Comment Period

Chairman's Report

DMF Director's Report

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

Catch U Later: Citizen Science Mobile Application Update

Fishery Management Plans

  • Amendment 2 to the Shrimp FMP
  • Interjurisdictional Fisheries FMP
  • Amendment 2 to the Estuarine Striped Bass FMP 

Rulemaking Update

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Provide Comments to the Commission

Members of the public who wish to submit comments to the Marine Fisheries Commission may register to speak during the commission meeting or may provide written comment via electronic form or U.S. mail.

Register to Speak

Complete Online Comment Form

Submit Comments by mail: 
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
3441 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC  28557
Attn: MFC Commission Office

Public comment period, including speaker registration, closes Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5pm.

 

Special Meeting - March 31, 2021

Special Meeting - March 31, 2021

Meeting Agenda               Meeting Audio

MFC Public Comment - March 2021               Motions

Meeting Agenda Overview
March 31, 2021

Preliminary Matters

Chairman's Report

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3 (Originally presented during February 2021 MFC Business Meeting)

Public Comment

COMMENT PERIOD HAS CLOSED

 

Special Meeting - March 18, 2021 - POSTPONED

Special Meeting - March 18, 2021 - POSTPONED

Full Meeting Agenda                Complete Briefing Materials

MFC Public Comment - March 2021

Meeting Agenda Overview
March 18, 2021
Information

Preliminary Matters

Chairman's Report

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan 

This Meeting Has Been Postponed.
(Read Press Release)

 

Public Comment

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED

Quarterly Business Meeting - February 25 -26, 2021

Quarterly Business Meeting - February 25 -26, 2021

All briefing materials are included below. Meeting audio, presentations, and MFC motions are made available following the conclusion of the meeting.
 

Full Meeting Agenda                Complete Briefing Materials

MFC Public Comment - February 2021              Motions

Meeting Agenda Overview

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

Public Comment Period (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

Committee Reports  (Audio)

DMF Director's Report (Audio)

Hook and Line Modifications Issue Paper (Presentation) (Audio)

High Efficiency Gear Restrictions on Artificial Reefs in State Waters (Presentation) (Audio)

Shellfish Lease Regulation in High Use Areas (Presentation) (Audio)

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Update (Presentation) (Presentation) (Audio)

 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Discussion on “A Ten-Year Prescription for the Recovery of the Albemarle Sound/Roanoke River Striped Bass Stock”   (Audio)

Fishery Management Plans  

Rulemaking Update (Presentation) (Audio)

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for Next Meeting (Audio)

Public Comment

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED

SPEAKER REGISTRATION CLOSED

 
Quarterly Business Meeting - November 19 - 20, 2020

Quarterly Business Meeting - November 19 - 20, 2020

All briefing materials are included below. Meeting audio, presentations, and MFC motions are made available following the conclusion of the meeting.
 

Full Meeting Agenda              Complete Briefing Materials            

After Deadline Supplemental Documents     

MFC Public Comment-November 2020        Motions

 
Date Meeting Topic Information
November 19, 2020

Preliminary Matters  (Audio Time Stamp 00:00)

Public Comment Period  (Audio Time Stamp 33:22)

Chairman's Report  (Audio Time Stamp 45:43)

Committee Reports  (Audio Time Stamp 48:37)

DMF Director's Report    Audio Time Stamp 58:12

Small Mesh Gill Net Rules Modification  (Audio Time Stamp 1:28:42)
Presentation

High Efficiency Gear Restrictions on Artificial Reefs in State Ocean Waters  (Audio Time Stamp 5:29:00)
Presentation

Prohibiting Repacking of Foreign Crab Meat in North Carolina  (Audio Time Stamp 5:55:28)
Presentation

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Update  (Audio Time Stamp 6:18:38)
Presentation

Nov. 19, 2020 Meeting Audio

November 20, 2020

2019 Landings Overview  (Audio Time Stamp 00:00)
Presentation

Fishery Management Plans  (Audio Time Stamp 37:51)
Presentation

Rulemaking  (Audio Time Stamp 2:56:26)
Presentation

Rule Suspensions  (Audio Time Stamp 3:13:30)
Presentation

Issues from Commissioners  (Audio Time Stamp 3:17:45)

Meeting Conclusion  (Audio Time Stamp 3:34:30)

Nov. 20, 2020 Meeting Audio

 

Provide Comments to the Commission

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED

Quarterly Business Meeting - August 20 - 21, 2020

Quarterly Business Meeting - August 20 - 21, 2020

All briefing materials are included below. Meeting audio, presentations, and MFC motions are made available following the conclusion of the meeting.
 
 
Date Meeting Topic Information
August 20, 2020

Prelimiary Matters

Chairman's Report

Committee Reports

DMF Director's Report

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Update (Presentation)

Stock Overview Report (Presentation)

Fishery Management Plans (Presentation)

Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Report (Presentation)

Rulemaking Update (Presentation)

Additional Handouts:

 

Full Meeting Audio

 

 

August 21, 2020

Meeting adjourned on August 20th, having completed all agenda items.

 

Summary Motions

Provide Comments to the Commission

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED

Quarterly Business Meeting - May 14, 2020

Quarterly Business Meeting - May 14, 2020

All briefing materials are included below. Meeting audio, presentations, and MFC motions are made available following the conclusion of the meeting.
 
 
 
Date Meeting Topic Information

May 14, 2020

9:00AM - 4:00PM

Prelimiary Matters

Public Comment (Written Only)

Chairman's Report

  • Committee Reports

DMF Director's Report

Fishery Management Plans (Presentation)

Repacking of Foreign Crab Meat in North Carolina (Presentation)

Rulemaking Update (Presentation)

Rule Suspensions (Presentation)

Additional Handouts

Full Meeting Audio

 

Summary Motions

Provide Comments to the Commission

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED

Quarterly Business Meeting - February 19 - 21, 2020

Quarterly Business Meeting - February 19 - 21, 2020

All briefing materials are included below. Meeting audio, presentations, and MFC motions are made available following the conclusion of the meeting.
 
 
 
Date Meeting Topic Information

February 19, 2020

6:00 PM

Public Comment Period

 

Audio

February 20, 2020

8:30 AM - 5:00PM

Prelimiary Matters

Public Comment Period

Chairman's Report

Committee Reports

Rulemaking Presentation

Small-Mesh Gill Nets Rulemaking

Fishery Management Plans

Rulemaking

DMF Director's Report

Shellfish Aquaculture Update

 

Audio

 

 

 

February 21, 2020

 

MEETING DAY CANCLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

 

Summary Motions

Provide Comments to the Commission

COMMENT PERIOD CLOSED

Past Meetings

Associated Files