Past Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings

If you'd like information about older Marine Fisheries Commission meetings, please email Lara Klibansky at Lara.Klibansky@ncdenr.gov.

2022

Tab/Accordion Item

Meeting Agenda

Online Public Comment

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Agenda Overview

February 23, 2022

Listen to Day 1 on YouTube

  • Public Comment Period

February 24, 2022

Listen to Day 2 on YouTube

February 25, 2022

Listen to Day 3 on YouTube

  • Proposed Amendment to the Mutilated Finfish Rule Issue Paper (Presentation)

    • Vote on management option and associated proposed language for rulemaking**

  • Rulemaking Update

    • 2020-2021 Annual Rulemaking Cycle Update

    • 2021-2022 Annual Rulemaking Cycle

      • “Package A” Update (56 rules)

      • “Package B” (109 rules)
        Vote on final approval of readoption and repeal through readoption of rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A and adoption and amendment of rules:

        • Highly Efficient Gears, Artificial Reefs, and Research Sanctuaries (3 rules)**
          15A NCAC 03I .0109, 03J .0404, 03R .0119

        • Shellfish Leasing Regulations (9 rules) **
          15A NCAC 03K .0111, 03O .0203, .0205-.0211

        • 15A NCAC 03 Rules with Conforming Changes (40 rules)**
          15A NCAC 03I .0113, .0118, 03J .0101, .0110, .0302, 03K .0101, .0102, .0105, .0106, .0108, .0201, .0202, .0204, .0207, .0301, .0302, .0304, .0305, .0401, .0505, 03L .0101-.0103, .0105, 03M .0201, .0202, .0204, .0205, .0503, 03N .0104, .0105, 03O .0301-.0303, .0401-.0406

        • 15A NCAC 03I, 03J, 03K, 03O, and 03R Rules for Definitions, Imported Species, Recordkeeping, Gear, Marketing Shellfish, and Licenses (18 rules)**
          15A NCAC 03I .0101, .0104, .0114, 03J .0105, .0109, .0305, 03K .0205, .0507, 03O .0101-.0105, .0107, .0109, .0110, .0113, 03R .0111

        • Commercial Blue Crab Harvest and Gear Regulations (8 rules)**
          15A NCAC 03J .0301, 03L .0201-.0205, 03R .0110, .0118

        • Permit and License Suspensions and Revocations and Pound Net Gears (11 rules)**
          15A NCAC 03I .0105, 03J .0501-.0505, 03O .0111, .0114, .0502, .0504, 03P .0101

        • 15A NCAC 03P Rules (8 rules)**
          15A NCAC 03P .0102, .0201-.0203, .0301-.0304

        • 15A NCAC 03K and 18A Crustacea and Shellfish Rules (12 rules)**
          15A NCAC 03K .0103, .0104, .0107, .0109, .0208, .0209, 18A .0135, .0302, .0303, .0304, .0425, .0912

    • Joint Rulemaking Update

      • Overview of Proposed WRC Joint Rules

      • 2021-2022 Annual Rulemaking Cycle “Package C” (9 rules)

        • Vote on Notice of Text for readoption and repeal through readoption of 15A NCAC 03Q .0101-.0109 (9 rules) per G.S 150B-21.3A.**

    • 2022-2023 Annual Rulemaking Cycle Preview

  • Issues from Commissioners

  • Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

Motions

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission held a meeting by web conference on Mar. 8 to vote on notice of text to begin the readoption process for nine rules pertaining to joint fishing waters that are managed jointly with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda

Online Public Comment

Meeting Agenda Overview

May 25, 2022

Listen to Day 1 on YouTube

  • Public Comment Period

May 26, 2022

Listen to Day 2 on YouTube

  • Preliminary Matters
  • Public Comment Period
  • Chairman's Report
  • Committee Reports
  • Director’s Report
    • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
    • Federal Economic Assistance Programs Update
    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • Marine Patrol Update
    • Shellfish Lease Program Update
    • Flounder Symposium Update
    • Blue Catfish Update (Presentation)
    • CHPP Implementation
    • Informational Materials:
      • MFC Workplan
      • Protected Resources ITP Reports
      • Landings Updates
  • Stock Assessments 101 (Presentation)
  • Fishery Management Plans
    • Status of ongoing plans (Presentation)

      • Vote on final approval of the N.C. FMP for Interjurisdictional FIsheries**
    • Striped Mullet Stock Assessment Report (Presentation)
    • Amendment 2 to the Estuarine Striped Bass FMP Update (Presentation)
      • Vote to select preferred management options**
    • Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder FMP (Presentation)
      • Vote on final approval of Amendment 3**
  • Rule Suspensions
  • Rulemaking Update
    • 2020-2021 Rulemaking Cycle
    • 2021-2022 Rulemaking Cycle
      • "Package A"
      • "Package B"
        • Review outcome of RRC review
        • Possible vote on revision of 15A NCAC 03O .0114 and .0209** (Doc)
      • "Package C"
    • 2022-2023 Rulemaking Cycle Preview
  • Joint Rulemaking Update
    • Vote on concurrent with 11 Wildlife Resources Commission joint rules (15A NCAC 10C .0100 rules)**
  • Issues from Commissioners
  • Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for Next Meeting

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda Overview

June 23, 2022

Listen on YouTube

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Supplemental Materials

Online Public Comment

Meeting Agenda Overview

August 17, 2022

Listen to Day 1 on YouTube

  • Public Comment Period

August 18, 2022

Listen to Day 2 on YouTube

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Supplemental Materials

Complete Briefing Document

Written Public Comments

Meeting Agenda Overview

November 16, 2022

Listen to Day 1 on YouTube

  • Delineation of Inland and Coastal Fishing Water Boundaries Comment
  • Public Comment Period

November 17, 2022

Listen to Day 2 on YouTube

  • Preliminary Matters
  • Public Comment Period
  • Chairman's Report
  • Committee Reports
  • Director's Report
    • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
      • Shad Sustainable Fishery Report Update
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • Shellfish Lease Program Update
    • Coastal Habitat Protections Plan Update
    • Marine Patrol Update
    • License and Statistics Annual Report Update
  • Fishery Management Plans
    • Status of ongoing plans
    • Spotted Seatrout Fishery Overview
    • Spotted Seatrout Stock Assessment Update
    • Amendment 2 to the Estuarine Striped Bass FMP (Draft)
      • Vote on final approval of Amendment 2 to the Estuarine Striped Bass FMP**

November 18, 2022

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  • Fishery Management Plans Continued

    • Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the Striped Mullet FMP (Draft)

      • Overview of Supplement
      • Vote on Supplement A to Amendment 1 of the Striped Mullet FMP**
    • Amendment 2 to the Striped Mullet FMP (Draft)
      • Scoping Period Overview
      • Vote on approval of Goal and Objectives**
      • Provide Input on Management Options
  • Rulemaking
    • Rule Suspensions
    • Rulemaking Cycle Updates
      • 2021-2022 Rulemaking Cycle Update
      • 2022-2023 Rulemaking Cycle Update
      • 2023-2024 Rulemaking Cycle Preview
  • Issues from Commissioners

Motions

2021

Tab/Accordion Item

This Meeting Has Been Postponed
(Read Press Release)

Meeting Agenda Overview

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Meeting Agenda Overview

Listen to the Meeting on YouTube

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Motions

Meeting Agenda Overview

Listen to the Meeting on YouTube

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Motions

Meeting Agenda Overview

Listen to the Meeting on YouTube

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

  • Public Comment Period

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Motions

Meeting Agenda Overview

Listen to the Meeting on YouTube

September 9, 2021

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Online Public Comments

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Agenda Overview

November 17, 2021

Listen to Day 1 on YouTube

  • Public Comment Period

November 18, 2021

Listen to Day 2 on YouTube

November 19, 2021

Listen to Day 3 on YouTube

Motions

2020

Tab/Accordion Item

2019

Tab/Accordion Item

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book 

Handouts
Striped Bass FMP Supplement A 2019 ASMFC Winter Meeting Summary
2019 Feb. ASFMC MFC Cover Memo Tim Hergenrader Letter
David Rouse Letter Rick Sasser Letter
Chris McCaffity Letter Allen Jernigan Letter
SELC Letter on Behalf of NCWF
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to the Meeting on YouTube
February 20, 2019
Public Comment Period
February 21, 2019

Preliminary Matters

Public Comment Period

Chairman’s Report

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training and Statement of Economic Interest Reminder
  • 2019 Meeting Schedule
  • Commission Committee Assignments
  • Wildlife Resources and Marine Fisheries Commission’s Joint Committee on Delineation of Fishing Waters
  • Discussion and Endorsement of Proposed Legislative Changes
  • Illustration of Definition of Overfished and Overfishing
  • Fiscal Analysis of Rules Associated with N.C. Wildlife Federation’s Petition for Rulemaking
  • Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2
  • Continued discussion from November meeting on goals and objectives for the next plan amendment
  • Open Meetings Law Overview – Shawn Maier

Committee Reports

  • N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee – William Brantley (Audio)
  • Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee

Director’s Report

Reports and updates on recent Division of Marine Fisheries activities

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Ongoing Status of Rule Development to Clarify Standard Commercial Fishing
  • License Transfers and Assignments – Stephanie McInerny
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Chris Batsavage
  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Chris Batsavage
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update Steve Poland
  • Highly Migratory Species – Randy Gregory
    • Update on bluefin tuna season/quotas
  • Informational Materials
    • Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Updates
    • Rules Suspension Update
    • Report on January 2018 Cold Stun Impact on Spotted Seatrout

Rulemaking Update

  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A

    • 15A NCAC 18A report update
    • 15A NCAC 03 rule readoption update
      • 2018-2019 annual rulemaking cycle
      • 2019-2020 annual rulemaking cycle – tarpon rule issue paper
February 22, 2019

Fishery Management Plans
Presentation: Consideration of Striped Bass Supplement A

  • Status of ongoing plans – Catherine Blum
  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3 Update
    — Jason Rock and Corrin Flora
  • Supplement A to Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1
    — Charlton Godwin
    Review temporary management measure for a no possession limit for striped bass in the Central Southern Management Area to protect important year classes while the next plan amendment is being developed

    • Vote on supplement

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Overview and Implementation
Presentation: 2019 CHPP Commission Update

Issues from Commissioners

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for May Meeting

Motions

Meeting Agenda and Other Materials

Director’s Letter on Supplement A/Proclamation Request

Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to the Meeting on YouTube
March 13, 2019

Preliminary Matters

Purpose of Emergency Meeting - Chairman Rob Bizzell

Overview of G.S. 113-221.1. Proclamations; emergency review - Shawn Maier

Discussion on Directing the Division of Marine Fisheries Director to Issue a Proclamation Regarding Gill Nets

Discussion on Requesting the Wildlife Resources Commission Adopt Concurrent Regulations Regarding Recreational Harvest of Striped Bass in the Joint Waters of the State

Discussion on Meeting Decision and Notice

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Handouts and Letters
Senate Bill 554 Summaries Gov. Roy Cooper Resolution
Kim Tavasso Letter Stuart Creighton Letter
Chris McCaffity Letter
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to the Meeting on YouTube
May 15, 2019
Public Comment Period
May 16, 2019

Preliminary Matters

Public Comment Period

Chairman’s Report

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training and Statement of Economic Interest Reminder
  • 2019 Meeting Schedule
  • Recreational Hook-n-Line Modifications

Committee Reports

  • Wildlife Resources and Marine Fisheries Commission’s Joint Committee on Delineation of Fishing Waters – Chairman Bizzell
  • Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee

Director’s Report

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Ongoing Status of Rule Development to Clarify Standard Commercial Fishing License Transfers and Assignments – Stephanie McInerny
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Chris Batsavage
  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Chris Batsavage
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update - Steve Poland

Biological Data Collection Programs and Sampling Design

Stock Assessment Fundamentals

Rulemaking Update

  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A

    • 15A NCAC 18A report update
    • 15A NCAC 03 rule readoption update
      • 2018-2019 Annual Rulemaking Cycle
      • 2019-2020 Annual Rulemaking Cycle
  • Rules Supplement – April 1, 2019
May 17, 2019

Fishery Management Plans

  • Status of ongoing plans

Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3 Update

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2

Issues from Commissioners

Meeting Assignments/Preview of Agenda Items for August Meeting

Motions

Handouts
Meeting Agenda MFC Memo
Southern Flounder Draft Amendment 2 Draft Southern Flounder Amendment 2 Public Comment Summary
Special Meeting — All Handouts
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to the Meeting on YouTube
June 6, 2019

Preliminary Matters

Public Comment Period

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2

  • Public Comment Summary
  • Review Management Options
  • Review Recommendations from Advisory Committees and the Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Vote to Select Preferred Management Options
  • Vote to Send Draft Plan to the Department of Environmental Quality for Review and Comment

Adjourn / Closing Remarks

Motions

Agenda

Complete Briefing Book 

Handouts and Letters
Letters Regarding Southern Flounder Letters Regarding Petition for Rulemaking
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission — 2019 Summer Meeting Summary Draft Southern Flounder Amendment 2 - (June 7, 2019)
ASMFC - MFC Cover Memo
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to the Meeting on YouTube
August 21, 2019
Public Comment Period
August 22, 2019

Swearing in of New Commissioners

  • Call to Order
  • Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance
  • Review Ethics Evaluations of New Commissioners
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment Period

Petitions for Rulemaking

Chairman's Report

  • Elect Vice Chair
  • Letters
  • Ethics Training and Statement of Economic Interest Reminder
  • 2020 Meeting Schedule
  • Senate Bill 648, S.L. 2019-37 MFC Requirements
  • Recreational hook-and-line modifications

Committee Reports

  • Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Finfish, Southern, and Northern joint advisory committees
  • N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committees
  • WRC/MFC Joint Committee on Delineation of Water Boundaries Update – Chairman Rob Bizzell

Director's Report - Director Steve Murphey

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Update on Federal Fisheries Disaster Assistance
  • Update on Revised FMP process – Kathy Rawls
  • Use Conflicts in Public Trust Waters
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission - Chris Batsavage
  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update - Chris Batsavage
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update - Steve Poland
  • Highly Migratory Species - Randy Gregory
  • Informational Materials
    • Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Updates

Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Report/Set Eligibility Pool Cap - Capt. Garland Yopp and Stephanie McInerny

  • Vote of setting temporary cap on the number of licenses in the Eligibility Pool
August 23, 2019

Stock Overview Report - Lee Paramore

2018 Landings Overview - Stephanie McInerny, Alan Bianchi and Chris Wilson

Fishery Management Plans

Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules - Catherine Blum

  • 15A NCAC 03 Rules
  • 2019/2020 rulemaking cycle
    • Vote on 2019/2020 Notice of Text for Rulemaking to Readopt Rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A
    • Review and vote on the following proposed rules and associated fiscal analyses for Notice of Text for Rulemaking to readopt rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A, Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules
  • Tarpon, 15A NCAC 03M .0509
  • License and Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration 15A NCAC 03O .0108

Rule Suspension Update - Kathy Rawls

  • Vote on continued rule suspension of portions of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03L .0103 Prohibited Nets, Mesh Lengths and Areas

Issues from Commissioners

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for November Meeting

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Supplemental Materials

Handouts
Hurricane Florence Fisheries Damage Assessment Marine Fisheries Commission Public Comments (Nov. 2019)
Proposed WRC Timeline for Delineation of Fishing Waters Study On How to Reduce User Conflict Related to Shellfish Cultivation Leases
Division of Marine Fisheries announces scoping period on southern flounder (Nov. 7, 2019) Scoping Document: Management Strategies for Amendment 3 (Nov. 2019)
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to the Meeting on YouTube
November 13, 2019
Public Comment Period
November 14, 2019

Preliminary Matters

Public Comment Period

Chairman's Report

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training and Statement of Economic Interest Reminder
  • Update on litigation and comments on conflict of Interest – Shawn Maier
  • 2020 Meeting Schedule
  • Commission Committee Assignments
  • Update on Wildlife Resources Commission and Marine Fisheries Commission to jointly adopt rules on delineation of fishing waters

Special Presentation - Nancy Fish

Committee Reports

  • Update on CHPP Steering Committee Meeting – Commissioner Posey
  • Nominating Committee – Chris Batsavage
    • Vote on slate of nominees for obligatory seat for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee
    • Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee Meeting Report – Commissioner Kornegay
  • Northern Regional Advisory Committee
  • Southern Regional Advisory Committee
  • Shellfish/Crustacean Advisory Committee
  • Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee
  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee

Director’s Report - Director Steve Murphey

  • Shellfish Sanitation: Naturally Occurring Pathogens – Shannon Jenkins
  • Update on Development of Issue Paper Regarding Recreational Hook-and-Line Modifications – Steve Poland
  • Civil Penalty Process Update – Carter Witten
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Update – Chris Batsavage
    • Sustainable Fishery Plan for American Shad
  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Chris Batsavage
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Steve Poland
  • Highly Migratory Species Update – Randy Gregory
  • Informational Materials
    • Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Updates
    • Semi-Annual Dealer’s Report License and Statistics 2018 Annual Report

North Carolina Wildlife Federation Officer of the Year Presentation - Tim Gestwicki

Update on Act to Provide Further Support tthe Shellfish Aquaculture Industry in North Carolina (Session Law 2019-37) - Jacob Boyd

  • Shellfish Cultivation Lease Review Committee Update
  • Vote on study on How to Reduce User Conflicts Related to Shellfish Cultivation Leases
November 15, 2019

Fishery Management Plan Update

  • Status of ongoing plans – Catherine Blum

Vote to Send Draft Plan to the Department of Environmental Quality for Review and Comment Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3 - Jason Rock and Corrin Flora

  • Public Comment Summary
  • Review Recommendations from Advisory Committees and the Division of Marine Fisheries
  • Review Management Options
  • Vote to Select Preferred Management Options

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3 Update - Mike Loeffler and Anne Markwith

Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 Update - Chris Stewart, Jason Rock and Kim Harding

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Update and Executive Order 80 Update - Anne Deaton, Jimmy Johnson and Jacob Boyd

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum

  • Update on S.L. 2019-198 – Legislative Review of Regulatory Crimes
  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A
    • 15A NCAC 03 rule readoption update
    • Vote on 15A NCAC 18A Rule Readoption Schedule

Rules Suspension Annual Update - Kathy Rawls

Issues from Commissioners

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for February Meeting - Lara Klibansky

Motions

2018

Tab/Accordion Item

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts and Comments
Commercial Licenses - Comments 2018 Winter Meeting Summary
ASMFC February 2018 MFC Cover Memo Comments from Dr. Meyer
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to this meeting on YouTube
February 14, 2018

Preliminary Matters

Chairman’s Report

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2018 Meeting Schedule

Director’s Report - Director Steve Murphey

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission– Michelle Duval and Chris Batsavage
    • Update on 2018 Recreational Cobia Season and Development of Reporting Program – Steve Poland
  • Informational Materials
    • Observer Program
    • Rule Suspension Notices/No Action Required
    • Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Updates
  • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
  • Highly Migratory Species
  • Minutes from the Funding Committee for the N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund

Potential Solutions to Address Shellfish Lease Conflicts - Steve Murphey and Anne Deaton

  • Area Restrictions
  • Navigation Hazards

Public Comment Period

February 15, 2018

Committee Reports

  • Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Requirements Committee

    • Vote on committee recommendations
  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee

Documenting Unsold Standard Commercial Fishing License Catch - Stephany McInerny and Col. Dean Nelson

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum

Final Striped Mullet Data Analysis and Recommendations - Dan Zapf and Tracey Bauer

Southeast Regional Southern Flounder Stock Assessment - Laura Lee and Mike Loeffler

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum

  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules

    • Vote to approve re-adoption schedule for portion of 15A NCAC 03 rules
    • Vote to approve draft report on 15A NCAC 18A .0100, .0300 - .0900 and .3400 rules to proceed to public notice, per G.S. 150B- 21.3A

Issues from Commissioners

Meeting Assignments and Preview of May Agenda Items - Nancy Fish

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts and Comments
ASMFC 2018 Spring Meeting Summary ASMFC May 2018 MFC Memo
C. McCaffity Comment J. Fletcher Comments
NCFA Sturgeon Letter NCWF Letter to MFC on FMP Timing
NCWF NC Marine Fisheries Viewpoint W. McClees Letter
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to this Meeting on YouTube
May 16, 2018

Preliminary Matters

Chairman’s Report

  •  Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2018 Meeting Schedule

Committee Reports

  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee
  • Southern Regional Advisory Committee

Director’s Report - Director Steve Murphey

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License Fund Disbursement Procedures - Beth Govoni
  • Land or Sell License - Dee Lupton
  • Standard Commercial Fishing License Assignments - Dee Lupton
  • Standard Commercial Fishing License Transfers - Dee Lupton
  • Target Species and Bycatch Reporting - Stephanie McInerny
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission - Chris Batsavage
  • Informational Materials
    • Rule Suspension Notices/No Action Required
    • Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Annual Reports
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • Highly Migratory Species
    • Annual Fish Dealer Report
    • Annual Fisheries Landings Bulletin

Stock Assessment 101 - Laura Lee

Moved Closed Session

Return Closed Session

Public Comment Period

May 17

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum

Blue Crab Stock Assessment - Dr. Yan Li and Jason Rock

Shrimp Bycatch Reduction Industry Workgroup Results and Recommendations - Kevin Brown

Potential Solutions to Address Shellfish Lease Conflicts - Mike Graven and Anne Deaton

Triploid Oysters in Shellfish Mariculture - Steve Murphey

Region 4 Strategic Habitat Area Nominations - Casey Knight

  • Vote on nominations for Region 4 Strategic Habitat Areas for inclusion in the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum

  • 2018/2019 rulemaking cycle
  • Vote on 2018/2019 Notice of Text for Rulemaking to Readopt Rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A
  • Review and vote on the following proposed rules and associated fiscal analyses for Notice of Text for Rulemaking to readopt rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A, Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules
  • Conforming Changes to For-Hire Licenses, 15A NCAC 03O .0112
  • Readoption of a Portion of Rules in 15A NCAC 03I, 03J, 03K, 03L, 03M, 03O, and 03R

Issues from Commissioners

Meeting Assignments and Preview of August Agenda Items - Nancy Fish

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts and Comments
ASMFC Fisheries Focus (June/July 2018) ASMFC Summer Meeting Summary
August 2018 C. McCaffity Public Comments NCWU Striped Mullet Letter
T. Hergenrader Comments
Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to this meeting on YouTube
August 15, 2018

Preliminary Matters

  • Swearing in of New Commissioners N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Invocation
  • Review Ethics Evaluations for New Commissioners
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes

Chairman’s Report

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training/Statement of Economic Interest Reminder
  • 2018 Meeting Schedule
  • 2019 Proposed Meeting Schedule
  • Elect Vice Chair

Committee Reports

  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
  • Northern Advisory Committee
  • Southern Advisory Committee
  • Finfish Advisory Committee
  • N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committees

Director’s Report - Steve Murphey

  • Division of Marine Fisheries’ Quarterly Update
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update Steve Poland
  • Highly Migratory Species Update Steve Poland
    • Informational Materials: Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Annual Reports

Stock Overview Report - Lee Paramore

Fishery Management Plans - Catherine Blum

Public Comment Period

August 16, 2018

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Update - Chris Batsavage

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update - Chris Batsavage

Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Report/Set Eligibility Pool Cap - Capt. Carter Witten and Stephanie McInerny

  • Vote on setting temporary cap on the number of licenses in the Eligibility Pool

Fishery Management Plans (Updates) - Catherine Blum

Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan - Jason Rock and Corrin Flora

  • Amendment 2 (current plan)

  • Amendment 3 (under development)
    • Review timeline
    • Vote on approval of goal and objectives
    • Solicit input from commission on management and sustainable harvest issues

Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 Update - Mike Loeffler

Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules - Catherine Blum

  • 15A NCAC 03 Rules

    • Update on 2018-2019 rulemaking cycle
    • Development of 2019-2020 rulemaking cycle
  • 15A NCAC 18A Rules
    • Vote to approve final report on 15A NCAC 18A .0100, .0300-.0900, and .3400 rules, per G.S. 150B-21.3A

Rules Suspensions - Kathy Rawls

  • Vote on continued rule suspension of portions of N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0301 Spanish and King Mackerel

Issues from Commissioners

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Meeting Agenda Overview
Listen to the full Meeting on YouTube
November 14, 2018
Public Comment Period
November 15, 2018

Preliminary Matters

  • Call to Order
  • Swearing in of New Commissioners
  • Review Ethics Evaluations for New Commissioners Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment Period

Chairman’s Report

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training and Statement of Economic Interest Reminder
  • 2019 Meeting Schedule
  • Follow up Discussions
    • Policy on Scientific Uncertainty
    • Live Meeting Video

Committee Reports

  • Nominating Committee – Chris Batsavage

    • Vote on slate of nominees for obligatory seat for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Director’s Report - Director Steve Murphey

Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update

Central Southern Striped Bass – Charlton Godwin

  • Division recommendation to develop temporary management measures to supplement the Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan with a no possession limit in the Central Southern Management Area to protect important year classes while the next plan amendment is being developed.
  • Vote to authorize staff to develop temporary management measures for consideration at the commission’s February 2019 meeting

Update on Spotted Seatrout Cold-Stun Impacts - Tracey Bauer

Rules Suspension Annual Update - Kathy Rawls

Status of Rule Development to Clarify Standard Commercial Fishing License Transfers - Stephanie McInerny

N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament - Carole Willis

Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Program Overview - Shannon Jenkins and J.D. Potts

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Chris Batsavage

  • Sustainable Fishery Management Plan for American Shad – Holly White

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Chris Batsavage

  • Summer Flounder Commercial Issues Amendment

    • Vote to provide input on commercial summer flounder allocations, permit requalification criteria and modifications to the fishery management plan goals and objectives

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Chris Batsavage

Highly Migratory Species - Jason Rock

Informational Materials

  • Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
  • Protected Resources Update
    • Observer Program
    • Incidental Take Permit Updates
  • N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee
  • Division of Marine Fisheries Sampling Program Descriptions
  • Semi-Annual Dealer’s Report
  • Preliminary Landings, January - June 2018
November 16, 2018

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum

  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules per G.S. 150B-21.3A

    • Vote on final approval of readoption of 15A NCAC 03O .0112 for conforming changes to for-hire license requirements
    • Vote on final approval of readoption of a portion of rules in 15A NCAC 03I, 03J, 03K, 03L, 03M, 03O and 03R

2017 Landings Overview - Stephanie McInerny, Alan Bianchi and Chris Wilson

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum

Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3 Update - Jason Rock and Corrin Flora

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2

Issues from Commissioners

Motions

2017

Tab/Accordion Item

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

NCWF Petition Public Comments

Meeting Agenda Overview
February 15, 2017

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

Chairman's Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2017 Meeting Schedule Reminder

Director’s Report - Director Braxton Davis (Audio)

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Michelle Duval
    • Red Drum Stock Assessment Update – Lee Paramore
  • Informational Materials
    • Rule Suspension Notices/NAction Required
    • Landings Update
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Updates
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • Highly Migratory Species

Move to Close Session (Audio)

Move to Open Session (Audio)

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Funding Committee for the Commercial Fishing Resource Fund
  • Joint Advisory Committee Meeting
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License – Braxton Davis

Public Comment Period (Audio)

February 16, 2017

Petition for Rulemaking by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (Audio)
The commission has received a petition to designate all coastal fishing waters not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.

2017 Cobia Season and Potential Management Measures - Michelle Duval and Steve Poland (Audio)

  • Vote on 2017 Season and Management Measures

Central Southern Management Area Striped Bass (Audio)

Fishery Management Plan Update and Rulemaking - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules
  • 2016/2017 rulemaking cycle
  • Review of hearing and public comment
  • Vote on final approval of rules and Fishery Management Plans
    • Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2/Oyster Fishery Management Plan Amendment 4

      • 15A NCAC 03K .0201, OYSTER HARVEST MANAGEMENT
      • 15A NCAC 03K .0202, CULLING REQUIREMENTS FOR OYSTERS
      • 15A NCAC 03K .0302, MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS FROM PUBLIC BOTTOM
      • 15A NCAC 03.0114, SUSPENSION, REVOCATION, AND REISSUANCE OF LICENSES
      • 15A NCAC 03.0201, STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR SHELLFISH BOTTOM LEASES AND FRANCHISES AND WATER COLUMN LEASES
      • 15A NCAC 03.0208, TERMINATION OF SHELLFISH BOTTOM LEASES AND FRANCHISES AND WATER COLUMN LEASES
    • Permit for Weekend Trawling for Live Shrimp
      • 15A NCAC 03J .0104, TRAWL NETS
      • 15A NCAC 03L .0102, WEEKEND SHRIMPING PROHIBITED
      • 15A NCAC 03.0501, PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS TOBTAIN PERMITS
      • 15A NCAC 03.0503, PERMIT CONDITIONS; SPECIFIC
    • Spiny Dogfish Dealer Permit
      • 15A NCAC 03.0503, PERMIT CONDITIONS; SPECIFIC
    • Increase Penalties for Gear Larceny
      • 15A NCAC 03.0114, SUSPENSION, REVOCATION, AND REISSUANCE OF LICENSES
      • Wade Creek Coordinate Correction
      • 15A NCAC 03R .0103, PRIMARY NURSERY AREAS
    • Clarification of License Requirements for Leaseholder Designees

      • 15A NCAC 03.0501, PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS TOBTAIN PERMITS
    • Modify Fisheries Director’s Proclamation Authority for Protection of Public Health
      • 15A NCAC 03H .0103, PROCLAMATIONS, GENERAL
      • 15A NCAC 03K .0110, PUBLIC HEALTH AND CONTROL OF OYSTERS, CLAMS,
      • SCALLOPS, AND MUSSELS
    • Establish Spotted Seatrout Rule
      • 15A NCAC 03M .0522, SPOTTED SEATROUT
    • Align Method for Commencement of License, Permit, and Certificate Suspension/ Revocation Process
      • 15A NCAC 03P .0101, LICENSE, PERMIT, OR CERTIFICATION DENIAL: REQUEST FOR REVIEW
    • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules
      • Vote tapprove draft report on 15A NCAC 03 .0100 rules tproceed tpublic notice, per G.S. 150B-21.3A
      • Vote tapprove draft report on all other 15A NCAC 03 rules tproceed tpublic notice, per G.S. 150B-21.3A

Rules Suspensions - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on continued suspension of portions of 15A NCAC 03J .0301 Pots regarding crab pot escape ring requirements

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for May Meeting - Nancy Fish

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts and Letters
DEQ Letter on Striped Bass S. Creighton Comments on Fisheries Issues
C. McCaffity Public Comments D. Knight Public Comments
Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee Meeting Minutes Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Memo
ASMFC Meeting Summary  ASFMC Fisheries Focus
Meeting Agenda Overview
May 17, 2017

Prelimary Matters (Audio)

  • Conflict of Interest Reminder                                             
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda 
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2017 Meeting Schedule Reminder 

Director’s Report (Part 1) - Director Braxton Davis (Audio)

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update 
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Chris Batsavage
  • Protected Resources Update – Chris Batsavage
    • Observer Program 
    • Incidental Take Permit Updates
  • Informational Materials
    • Landings Update 
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update 
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update 
    • Highly Migratory Species 
    • Annual Fish Dealer Report
    • Annual Fisheries Bulletin 

Move to Close Session (Audio)

Move to Open Session / Southern Flounder Litigation (Audio)

Director's Report (Part 2) (Audio)

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committees
  • Strategic Habitat Area – Region 4

Public Comment Period (Audio)

May 18, 2017

Cobia Management - Michelle Duval and Steve Poland (Audio: Part 1; Part 2)

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Status of ongoing plans

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • 2016/2017 rulemaking cycle
  • 2017 rulebook supplement
  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules
    • Vote to approve draft report on 15A NCAC 10C .0100 rules to proceed to public notice, per G.S. 150B-21.3A

Rules Suspensions - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of August Agenda Items - Nancy Fish

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts
ASMFC 2017 Summer Meeting Summary ASMFC Aug. 2017 Memo
WRC/MFC Inland Fishing Regulations SAFMC/NOAA Cobia Discussion Paper
McCaffity Public Comment Aug. 2017 Stocked Species Memo
Meeting Agenda Overview
August 16, 2017

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2017 Meeting Schedule Reminder
  • 2018 Proposed Meeting Schedule
  • Election of Vice Chair

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Strategic Habitat Area – Region 4

Director’s Report - Director Braxton Davis (Audio)

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Legislative Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
    – Michelle Duval and Chris Batsavage
  • Informational Materials
    • Landings Update
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Updates
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • Highly Migratory Species

Landings Overview - Stephanie McInerny, Alan Bianchi and Chris Wilson (Audio)

Blue Crab Traffic Light Assessment Update - Jason Rock (Audio)

Stock Status Report - Tina Moore (Audio)

Red Drum Update - Lee Paramore (Audio)

Public Comment Period (Audio)

August 17, 2017

SCFL Eligibility Report/Set Eligibility Pool Cap - Major Jason Walker (Audio)

  • Vote on setting cap on number of licenses in the Eligibility Pool

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Status of Ongoing Plans
  • Fishery Management Plan Annual Review
  • Vote on Five-Year Schedule

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Periodic Review and Expiration of Existing Rules
  • Vote to approve final report on 15A NCAC 03Q .0100 rules, per G.S. 150B-21.3A**
  • Vote to approve final report on all other 15A NCAC 03 rules, per G.S. 150B-21.3A**
  • Vote to approve final report on 15A NCAC 10C .0100 rules, per G.S. 150B-21.3A and contingent on approval by the Wildlife Resources Commission

Rules Suspensions - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on continued suspension of 15A NCAC 03M .0301

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of November Agenda Items - Nancy Fish

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Meeting Agenda Overview
November 15, 2017

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2018 Proposed Meeting Schedule

Director’s Report - Director Braxton Davis (Audio)

  • Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Michelle Duval and Chris Batsavage
  • Informational Materials
    • Landings Update for Red Drum and Southern Flounder
    • Protected Resources Update
      • Observer Program
      • Incidental Take Permit Updates
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update
    • Highly Migratory Species
    • Preliminary Landings, January - June 2017
    • License and Statistics 2017 Annual Report
    • Rulemaking Update

Committee Reports

  • Nominating Committee (Audio)

    • Vote on slate of nominees for at-large seats for the Mid-Atlantic
      and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils
  • Region 4 Proposed Strategic Habitat Area Nominations (Audio)
    – Anne Deaton and Casey Knight

    • Vote to send Region 4 Strategic Habitat Areas nominations out
      for advisory committee/public comment
  • Finfish Advisory Committee
  • Northern Advisory Committee
  • Southern Advisory Committee
  • Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee

Public Comment Period (Audio)

November 16, 2017

Shellfish Mariculture

  • Remarks — Tom Looney, N.C. Economic Development Council and Todd Miller, N.C. Coastal Federation (Audio)
  • Program Update – Steve Murphey and Anne Deaton (Audio)

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum

  • Status of ongoing plans

Striped Mullet Update – Dan Zapf and Tracey Bauer (Audio)

Rule Suspension Annual Update – Kathy Rawls

Coastal Habitat Protection Implementation Plan – Jimmy Johnson (Audio)

  • Vote on Implementation Plan

Issues from Commissioners (Audio: Part 1; Part 2)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of November Agenda Items - Nancy Fish

Motions

2016

Tab/Accordion Item

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts
ASMFC 2016 Winter Meeting Summary Cobia Management
Declaratory Ruling Memo Letters
N.C. American Eel Aquaculture Plan Randy McKinley Bio
Technical Committee Changes to N.C. Aquaculture Plan for American Eel Weekly Quota Monitoring Report - Feb. 16, 2016
Meeting Agenda Overview
February 17-19, 2016

Public Comment (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment (Audio)

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Nominations - Michelle Duval (Audio)

Petition for Declaratory Ruling (Audio)
The commission must vote to grand or deny consideration of a petition for a declaratory ruling from American Eel Farm and the Division of Marine Fisheries regarding 15A NCAC 03M .0510

  • Declaratory Ruling Process Overview
  • Presentation of Request
    • Vote to grant or deny consideration of the merits of the petition

2015 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Update - Jimmy Johnson (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Advisory Committee Appointments
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2016 Meeting Schedule Reminder

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

  • Standard Commercial Fishing License Criteria

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Northern
  • Southern
  • Shellfish/Crustacean
  • Habitat and Water Quality
  • Oyster and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plans
  • Commercial Fishing Resource Fund
    • Vote to delegate authority to the commission’s Coastal Fishing Resource Fund Committee to develop and implement a memorandum of understanding with the Funding Committee.

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Status of ongoing plans

Recommendations for Total Allowable Landings for Pound Nets by Waterbodies for Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 - Louis Daniel (Audio)

Oyster Fishery Management Plan Amendment 4 and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 - Tina Moore (Audio: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3)

Rule Suspensions - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on Rule Suspension for 15A NCAC 03J .0501 (e)(2) regarding flounder pound net escape panels. 

Director’s Report - Louis Daniel

  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Audio)
  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update– Michelle Duval (Audio)
    • Vote on possible changes to cobia harvest restrictions
  • Shrimp Trawl Industry Workgroup– Kevin Brown (Audio)

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

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

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Combined Cobia Materials

Handouts
ASMFC 2016 Spring Meeting Summary Cobia Letters
Striped Bass Letters and Comments
Meeting Agenda Overview
May 18-20, 2016

Public Comment (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment (Audio)

NOAA Fisheries 2016 Recreational Cobia Season - Michelle Duval (Audio: Part 1; Part 2)

  • Review public comment
  • Review 2016 harvest options
  • Vote on possible changes to cobia harvest restrictions

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2016 Meeting Schedule Reminder

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Northern
  • Southern
  • Shellfish/Crustacean
  • Finfish
  • Oyster and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plans
  • Sea Turtle
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License – Beth Govoni
  • Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Conference Committee – Jimmy Johnson

Blue Crab Traffic Light Assessment Update - Jason Rock and Corrin Flora (Audio)
Review updated information incorporating 2015 data into the traffic light assessment, along with the suite of potential adaptive management measures

  • Vote to select adaptive management measures

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Status of ongoing plans

Total Allowable Landings for Pound Nets by Waterbodies for Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 - Mike Loeffler and Chris Stewart (Audio)

Oyster Fishery Management Plan Amendment 4 and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 - Tina Moore and Joe Facendola (Audio)

  • Review advisory committee and public input on lowering the daily oyster harvest limit for the Shellfish License statewide
  • Vote on approval of draft plans to send to the Department of Environmental Quality and the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations for review and comment

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • 2015/2016 rulemaking cycle
  • 2016/2017 rulemaking cycle
  • Issue paper review:
    • Development of a Permit to Allow Weekend Trawling to Take Live Shrimp
    • Spiny Dogfish Dealer Permit
    • Proposed Rule Changes for Convictions of Larceny Related to Fishing Gear or
    • Convictions of Injuring/Destroying/Stealing Fishing Gear
    • Correction of Wade Creek Primary Nursery Area Boundary Line
    • Clarification of License Requirements for Leaseholder Designees

Rule Suspensions - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on any rule suspension for a portion of 15A NCAC 03M .0516 COBIA regarding possession limits.
  • Vote on any rule suspension for a portion of 15A NCAC 03M .0503 FLOUNDER regarding ocean-caught flounder season.

Director’s Report (Audio)

  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Michelle Duval and Chris Batsavage

    • Weakfish Stock Assessment – Chris Batsavage
    • Red Drum Stock Assessment – Lee Paramore

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

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

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts
ASMFC Summer 2016 Meeting Summary Beaufort County Research on Stocking Striped Bass
SAFMC Summer 2016 South Atlantic Update
Meeting Agenda Overview
August 17-19, 2016

Public Meeting (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2016 Meeting Schedule Reminder
  • 2017 Proposed Meeting Schedule
  • Election of Vice Chair

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Sea Turtle
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License – Braxton Davis
  • Conservation Fund – Nancy Fish
  • Vote on approval of grant

Standard Commercial Fishing License Eligibility Report/Set Eligibility Pool Cap - Stephanie McInerny and Capt. Jason Walker (Audio)
Each year the commission must set a cap on the number of Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses in the License Eligibility Pool

  • Vote on setting cap on number of licenses in the Eligibility Pool

Landings Overview - Stephanie McInerny, Alan Bianchi and Doug Mumford (Audio)

Stock Status Report - Lee Paramore (Audio)

Central Southern Management Area Striped Bass Meeting Update - Braxton Davis and Charlton Godwin (Audio)

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Status of ongoing plans
  • Fishery management plan review
  • Vote of five-year schedule

Rulemaking Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • July 2016 rulebook supplement
  • 2016/2017 rulemaking cycle
  • Issue paper review:
    • Establish Spotted Seatrout Rule
    • Modify Fisheries Director’s Proclamation Authority for the Protection of Public Health
    • Align Method for Commencement of License, Permit, and Certificate Suspension/Revocation Process
  • 2016/2017 Notice of Text for Rulemaking
    Review and vote on the following proposed rules and associated fiscal analyses
    • Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2/Oyster Fishery Management Plan Amendment 4

      • 15A NCAC 03K .0201, OYSTER HARVEST MANAGEMENT
      • 15A NCAC 03K .0202, CULLING REQUIREMENTS FOR OYSTERS
      • 15A NCAC 03K .0302, MECHANICAL HARVEST OF CLAMS FROM PUBLIC BOTTOM
      • 03O .0114, SUSPENSION, REVOCATION, AND REISSUANCE OF LICENSES
      • 03O .0201, STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR SHELLFISH
      • BOTTOM LEASES AND FRANCHISES AND WATER COLUMN LEASES
        03O .0208, TERMINATION OF SHELLFISH BOTTOM LEASES AND FRANCHISES AND WATER COLUMN LEASES
    • Permit for Weekend Trawling for Live Shrimp
      • 15A NCAC 03J .0104, TRAWL NETS
      • 15A NCAC 03L .0102, WEEKEND SHRIMPING PROHIBITED
      • 15A NCAC 03O .0501, PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN PERMITS
      • 15A NCAC 03O .0503, PERMIT CONDITIONS; SPECIFIC
    • Spiny Dogfish Dealer Permit
      • 15A NCAC 03O .0503, PERMIT CONDITIONS; SPECIFIC
    • Increase Penalties for Gear Larceny
      • 15A NCAC 03O .0114, SUSPENSION, REVOCATION, AND REISSUANCE OF LICENSES
    • Wade Creek Coordinate Correction
      • 15A NCAC 03R .0103, PRIMARY NURSERY AREAS
    • Clarification of License Requirements for Leaseholder Designees
      • 15A NCAC 03O .0501, PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN PERMITS
    • Modify Fisheries Director’s Proclamation Authority for Protection of Public Health
      • 15A NCAC 03H .0103, PROCLAMATIONS, GENERAL
      • 15A NCAC 03K .0110, PUBLIC HEALTH AND CONTROL OF OYSTERS, CLAMS, SCALLOPS, AND MUSSELS
    • Establish Spotted Seatrout Rule
      • 15A NCAC 03M .0522, SPOTTED SEATROUT
    • Align Method for Commencement of License, Permit, and Certificate Suspension/ Revocation Process
      • 15A NCAC 03P .0101, LICENSE, PERMIT, OR CERTIFICATION DENIAL: REQUEST FOR REVIEW

Rule Suspensions - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on any rule suspension for a portion of 15A NCAC 03M .0516 COBIA regarding possession limits.
  • Vote on any rule suspension for a portion of 15A NCAC 03L .0201 CRAB HARVEST RESTRICTIONS regarding culling tolerance and size limits.
  • Vote on rule suspension for 15A NCAC 03L .0203 CRAB DREDGING regarding targeted crab dredging.
  • Vote on rule suspension for a portion of 15A NCAC 03M .0301 SPANISH MACKEREL regarding minimum size limit for pound nets.

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Annual Report - Jimmy Johnson (Audio)

  • Vote on Annual Report

Director’s Report

  • Legislative Update/Division of Marine Fisheries Quarterly Update (Audio)
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission – Michelle Duval and Chris Batsavage (Audio)

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

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

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts
Public Comment - C. McCaffity Public Comment - G. Judy
Public Comments - T. Hergenrader SCFL Criteria Committee Minutes 09/30-16 Revised
CSMA Striped Bass Memo 2016 Striped Bass Genotyping Report
2016 Striped Bass Removals by Sector and Hybrids MFC 2016 Semiannual Fish Dealer Report
2016 Semi-Annual Landings Bulletin
Meeting Agenda Overview
November 16-18, 2016

Public Comment (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Petition for Rulemaking by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation - Blakely Hildebrand (Audio)
Presentation of petition to designate all coastal fishing waters not otherwise designated as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.

Public Comment (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2017 Meeting Schedule Reminder

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Nominating – Michelle Duval

    • Vote on slate of nominees for obligatory seat for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council**
  • Standard Commercial Fishing License Criteria – Nancy Fish (Audio)
    • Vote on recommendations**

Martins Point Conflict Resolution - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote to approve proclamation** 

Fishery Management Plan Update - Catherine Blum (Audio)

Albemarle Roanoke Striped Bass Stock Assessment - Charlton Godwin (Audio)

Central Southern Management Area Striped Bass Genetics Study - Charlton Godwin (Audio)

Collaborative Shrimp Trawl Gear Study Update - Kevin Brown (Audio)

Rulemaking - Catherine Blum

Rules Suspensions - Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on rule suspension for 15A NCAC 03M .0516 COBIA regarding possession limits **
  • Vote on rule suspension for a portion of 15A NCAC 03L .0201 CRAB HARVEST RESTRICTIONS regarding culling tolerance and size limits and for a portion of 15A NCAC 03L .0203 CRAB DREDGING regarding targeted crab dredging**
  • Vote on rule suspension for portions of 15A NCAC 03J .0501 DEFINITIONS AND STANDARDS FOR POUND NETS AND POUND NET SETS to increase the minimum mesh size of escape panels for flounder pound nets**
  • Vote on rule suspension for portions of 15A NCAC Shad and 03Q .0107 SPECIAL REGULATIONS: JOINT WATERS to change the season and creel limit for American shad**

Director’s Report - Director Braxton Davis

  • Division of Marine Fisheries quarterly update (Audio)
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission — Michelle Duval and Chris Batsavage (Audio)
  • Informational materials (Audio)
    • Quotas
    • Landings for red drum and southern flounder
    • Protected Resources
      • Observer Program
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
    • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
    • Highly Migratory Species
    • Preliminary Landings, January – June 2016
    • License and Statistics 2016 Annual Report

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for February Meeting - Nancy Fish

Motions

2015

Tab/Accordion Item

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

Handouts

Multi Species Tagging Program Presentation

Meeting Agenda Overview
February 18-20, 2015

Public Comments (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation   
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Advisory Committee Appointments
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2015 Meeting Schedule Reminder

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License – Louis Daniel
  • Oyster and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plans

Rulemaking Update and Fishery Management Plan Final Approval– Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • 2014/2015 Rulemaking Cycle

    • Review of Hearings and Public Comment
    • Vote on Final Approval of the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 and Associated Permanent Rules
    • Vote on Final Approval of the N.C. Bay Scallop Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 and Associated Permanent Rules
    • Vote on Final Approval of the River Herring Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 and Associated Permanent Rules
    • Other Rules
      • For-Hire Licensing and Logbooks
      • Ocean Pier Licensing Changes
      • User Conflict Rule Relocation
      • Queens Creek Coordinate Correction and Brunswick County Canal Name Change

Rule Suspensions – Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on Rule Suspension for Portions of 15A NCAC 03M .0519 Management of shad
  • Vote on Rules Suspension for Portions of 15A NCAC 03Q .0107 Management of shad

Fishery Management Plans – Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Status of Ongoing Plans
  • Vote on sending the Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 Forward for Rulemaking

Petition for Declaratory Ruling / Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel Addendum III (Audio)
The commission must vote to grant or deny consideration of a petition for a declaratory ruling from American Eel Farm, LLC and the Division of Marine Fisheries regarding 15A NCAC 03M .0510.

  • Declaratory Ruling Process Overview – Phillip Reynolds
  • Presentation of Request – Louis Daniel
    • Vote to Grant or Deny Consideration of the Merits of the Petition

Stakeholder Workgroup / Bycatch Reduction Device Testing Update – Kevin Brown (Audio)

Southern Flounder Stock Assessment – Will Smith and Tom Wadsworth (Audio)
Southern Flounder Stock Assessment part 2 – Louis Daniel (Audio)

Sheepshead Management – Stephen Taylor (Audio)

FY 2015/2016 Initiative Development – Louis Daniel (Audio)

N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Update – Lauren Morris (Audio)

Director's Report - Louis Daniel (Audio)

  • Legislative Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Quota Update
  • Landings Updates
    • Southern Flounder
    • Red Drum
    • Oyster

Protected Resources Update - Chris Batsavage (Audio)

  • Observer Program
  • Incidental Take Permit Updates

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update –  Chris Batsavage (Audio)

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Michelle Duval (Audio)

Highly Migratory Species  – Randy Gregory (Audio)

Informational Materials (Audio)

  • Rule Suspension Notices and Cobia Update/No Action Required
  • Making Proclamations Easier to Understand
  • Minimum Size of Effective Sanctuaries
  • Average Trips and Weight of Red Drum
  • Personal Consumption Survey

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for Upcoming Meeting – Nancy Fish (Audio)

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

2015 Tagging Program

Handouts
Conservation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes Draft Spring Meeting Summary
County Resolutions on Southern Flounder Economic Impacts of the North Carolina Southern Flounder Fishery from 2011-2014
Public Comments Southern Flounder Comments
Treasurer Letter MFC CRFL-Approved Multi-Year FY15-16
Meeting Agenda Overview

Public Comment (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Advisory Committee Appointments
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2015 Meeting Schedule Reminder

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Northern
  • Southern
  • Finfish
  • Sea Turtle
  • Nominating
  • Oyster and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plans
  • Coastal Recreational Fishing License – Louis Daniel
  • Conservation Fund

2014 Landings (Audio)

Fishery Management Plans – Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Status of Ongoing Plans
  • Timeline for Oyster and Clam Fishery Management Plans

Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan (Audio: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3)

Spotted Seatrout Stock Assessment – Laura Lee and Mike Loeffler (Audio)

Kingfish Fishery Management Plan – Beth Egbert and Kevin Brown (Audio)

  • Vote on developing fishery management plan revision or initiating fishery management plan amendment

Review Brad Scott Timeline – Patti Fowler (Audio)

Sheepshead Management – Stephen Taylor (Audio)

  • Vote on management options for sheepshead

Rulemaking – Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • 2014/2015 Rulemaking Cycle
  • Rulebook Update
  • Vote on 2015/2016 Notice of Text for Rulemaking
    • N.C Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1
    • Clarify Dredges and Mechanical Methods Prohibited Areas for Harvesting Shellfish in Internal Coastal Waters

Rule Suspension Notification – Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • 15A NCAC 03O .0501 Procedures and Requirements to Obtain Permits
  • 15A NCAC 03M .0510 American Eel

Director’s Report – Louis Daniel (Audio)

  • Legislative Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
    • American Eels

Personal Consumption Survey – John Hadley (Audio)

Quota Update (Audio)

Shrimp Trawl Industry Workgroup Update – Kevin Brown (Audio)

Protected Resources Update – Chris Batsavage (Audio)

  • Observer Program
  • Incidental Take Permit Updates

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Chris Batsavage (Audio)

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Update – Michelle Duval (Audio)

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for Upcoming Meeting – Nancy Fish (Audio)

Motions

Proposals

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issue and Reports

Handouts
Flounder Supplement Comments - T. Hergenrader Flounder Comments - Baker, Griffin and Gaines
Public Comments - Chris McCaffity Public Comments - Heather Main
Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes - Aug. 12 2015-2016 Eligibility Annual Commission Report
2015 ASMFC Summer Meeting Summary
Southern Flounder Comments: June 10 - July 10, 2015
Written Comments Emailed Comments
June 17 Public Meeting
Meeting Agenda Overview
August 19-21, 2015

Public Comments (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment (Audio)

Chairman’s Report (Audio)

  • Letters
  • Ethics Training Reminder
  • 2015 Meeting Schedule Reminder
  • 2016 Proposed Meeting Schedule
  • Election of Vice Chair

Issues from Commissioners (Audio)

Committee Reports (Audio)

  • Review and consideration of action items from committee meetings
  • Sea Turtle
  • Habitat and Water Quality
  • Oyster and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plans

SCFL Eligibility Report / Set Eligibility Pool Cap— Jack Holland (Audio)

  • Set Eligibility Pool Cap

Tagging Program— Amy Comer (Audio)

Rep. Bob Steinburg Comments (Audio)

Division of Marine Fisheries Annual Stock Status Report — Lee Paramore (Audio)

Presentation of DENR Letter on Southern Flounder Supplement (Audio: Part 1; Part 2)

Fishery Management Plans — Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • Annual Fishery Management Plan Update

Blue Crab Traffic Light Assessment Update — Jason Rock (Audio)

Interjurisdictional Fishery Management Plan Information Update — Michelle Duval and Katy West (Audio)

  • Vote on public review of information update

Kingfish Fishery Management Plan — Beth Egbert and Kevin Brown (Audio)

  • Vote on public review of information update

Fishery Management Plan Schedule - Catherine Blum (Audio: Part 1; Part 2)

  • Vote on five-year schedule

Rulemaking— Catherine Blum (Audio)

  • 2015/2016 Rulemaking Cycle Update

Rule Suspensions — Kathy Rawls (Audio)

  • Vote on Rule Suspension for Portions of 15A NCAC 03M .0301 Spanish Mackerel

Director’s Report — Louis Daniel

  • Legislative Update (Audio)
  • Southern Flounder discussion (Audio)
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Audio)

Issues from Commissioners

Meeting Assignments and Preview of Agenda Items for Upcoming Meeting as well as further discussion about meeting in September (Audio)

Motions

Meeting Agenda

Complete Briefing Book

Issues and Reports

SCFL Criteria

Southern Flounder FMP

Chairman’s Report

Committee Reports

Handouts and Presentations
Southern Flounder Oyster and Hard Clam
American Shad 2015 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan
ASMFC Annual Meeting Summary DMF Budget Reductions
Letters (Public Comments)
Meeting Agenda
November 18-20, 2015

Public Comment (Audio)

Preliminary Matters (Audio)

  • Invocation
  • Conflict of Interest Reminder
  • Roll Call
  • Vote on Approval of Agenda
  • Vote on Approval of Meeting Minutes

Public Comment (Audio)

Supplement A to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 - Chris Stewart and Mike Loeffler (Audio: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4)

  • Review of draft supplement, commission proposals and related materials
  • Vote on preferred management options and approval of Supplement A

Nominating Committee Report - Michelle Duval (Audio)

  • Vote on slate of nominees for obligatory seat on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Oyster Fishery Management Plan Amendment 4 and Hard Clam Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 - Tina Moore and Trish Murphey (Audio)

  • Vote to send out to public meetings and advisory committee review

Interjurisdictional Fishery Management Plan Information Update - Michelle Duval and Katy West (Audio)

  • Vote on final approval of information update

Kingfish Fishery Management Plan Information Update - Beth Egbert (Audio)

  • Vote on final approval of information update

Rulemaking Update and Final Approval of Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan - John Hadley (Audio)

  • Review of 2015/2016 Rulemaking Cycle
  • Review of hearing and public comment
  • Vote on final approval of Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1 and associated permanent rules (15A NCAC 03J .0103 and 03R .0112)
  • Additional Rule:
    • Mechanical oyster harvesting clarification (15A NCAC 03R .0108)

Director’s Report - Louis Daniel (Audio)

  • Legislative Update
  • Budget Update
  • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

Coastal Habitat Protection Plan Update - Jimmy Johnson (Audio)

  • Vote to send out to public meetings

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

Motions