Information on Shrimp FMP Amendment 2

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Draft Shrimp FMP Amendment 2

Based on feedback from the public and Marine Fisheries Commission, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is developing new management strategies for consideration by the Marine Fisheries Commission that will further reduce bycatch of non-target species, and minimize habitat impacts in the shrimp trawl fishery.

Review of draft Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP) Amendment 2 by the public and Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committees will take place from June 1 through June 30. Public comment and advisory committee input will be considered by the Marine Fisheries Commission at its August 2021 business meeting when the commission will select its preferred management measures for departmental and legislative review.

For questions, please contact Chris StewartDaniel Zapf, or Jason Rock.

Amendment 2 MFC Advisory Committee and Public Review

Amendment 2 MFC Advisory Committee and Public Review

At its May 2021 business meeting, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission voted to send Draft Shrimp FMP Amendment 2 out for public comment and standing and regional advisory committee review. The draft amendment focuses on reducing bycatch of non-target species and minimizing habitat impacts. It includes a suite of options ranging broadly from status quo to a complete closure of all inside waters to shrimp trawling.

The public may comment on Draft Shrimp Amendment 2 in three ways:

  1. Sign Up to Speak at an Advisory Committee Meeting – Public comment will be accepted at the three Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committee meetings listed below. Those who wish to speak at the meetings must register by 5 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.
  2. Submit Online Comments – Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 30 through an online form. 
  3. Mail Comments – Written comments may be mailed to Draft Shrimp FMP Amendment 2 Comments, P.O Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557. Comments must be received by the division 5 p.m. on June 30.

Emailed comments will not be accepted.

Five Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committees are scheduled to review and accept public comment on Draft Shrimp Amendment 2. The committees will meet electronically as follows:

Joint Northern and Southern Regional Advisory Committees
June 15 at 6 p.m.

Register to speak by 5 p.m. June 14

Joint Shellfish/Crustacean and Finfish Advisory Committees
June 16 at 6 p.m.

Register to speak by 5 p.m. June 15 

Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee
June 17 at 6 p.m.

Register to speak by 5 p.m. June 16 

Meeting links are available on the Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committees Meetings webpage.

Amendment 2 Shrimp FMP Advisory Committee Workshops (March 2021)

Amendment 2 Shrimp FMP Advisory Committee Workshops (March 2021)

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries held Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee workshops over several days in March 2021 to review draft Amendment 2 to the plan. The shrimp advisory committee assisted the division by providing input for consideration to refine management options in draft Amendment 2. Workshop-style meetings allow scientists, managers, and stakeholders to address questions, comments, and concerns more effectively and in a less formal setting. Based on the outcome of the workshops, the division revised draft Amendment 2 and presented it to the Marine Fisheries Commission at its May 2021 business meeting.

Shrimp Fishery Overview

Management of Shrimp Tawling for Protection of Critical Sea Grass and Shell Bottom Habitats

Shrimp Management in Special Secondary Nursery Areas

Reducing Shrimp Trawl Bycatch Through Area Closures that Increase Connectivity Between Closed Areas

Managing Effort and Gear In the North Carolina Shrimp Fishery to Reduce Bycatch

Shrimp FMP Amendment 2 Workshop Review

Amendment 2 Scoping Period (January 2020)

Amendment 2 Scoping Period (January 2020)

A scoping document period was held Jan. 7-21, 2020 to solicit public comments on potential management strategies for Amendment 2. Fisheries stakeholders provided in-person comments at three scoping meetings that were held in Washington, Morehead City, and Wilmington.

Scoping Document: Management Strategies for Amendment 2

Revision to Amendment 1 to the North Carolina Shrimp FMP

Shrimp FMP Amendment 1

Shrimp Original FMP