NOTICE: OUR MAY MEETING WILL BE 1 WEEK EARLY DUE TO MEMORIAL DAY
We’ve asked Dr. Daniel to tell us how we as an organization and as concerned individuals can use our energy and resources to influence decision making that affects management and conservation of marine fisheries in North Carolina.
At NCWF Dr. Daniel helped draft a 2016 petition that was submitted to the NC Marine Fisheries Commission to place restrictions on shrimp trawling activity including inshore trawling to “…establish expanded nursery areas to protect juvenile fish to allow them a better chance to reach spawning age.” As “North Carolina is the only state on the east coast to allow shrimp trawling in its sounds, fish nurseries, and estuaries”1 these proposed changes are enormously important in improving stocks of sport fish and other finfish in coastal waters. The petition was accepted by the NCMFC in 2017 and rule making is pending. Dr. Daniel will give us an update on rule making and will tell us about an important new Sound Solutions Management Initiative he is working on with NCWF.
This link will take you to the full petition:
The following is a description of the petition from the NCWF website:
“Within these new nursery areas, restrictions would be placed on shrimp trawling activities, including reducing the times allowed for trawling and the kind of gear used for trawling. North Carolina is the only state on the east coast to allow shrimp trawling in its sounds, fish nurseries, and estuaries. North Carolina’s sounds and estuaries are highly productive areas that provide essential habitat to later juvenile fish before these fish have an opportunity to spawn and contribute to the adult population.
This petition for rule-making aims to bring North Carolina in line with all other east coast and Gulf States in limiting trawling in sensitive and critical nursery and habitat areas. It is time we get serious about the future of our fish stocks for the future of North Carolina’s families and economy.”