MOREHEAD CITY – Three advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet by web conference later this month to discuss possible future small mesh gill net management measures.
The Southern, Northern, and Finfish advisory committees will meet separately to review the Small Mesh Gill Net Rules Modification Information Paper. The paper contains an overview of the small mesh gill net fishery and presents a suite of potential management options focused on reducing regulatory complexity, potential bycatch in the fishery and user conflict. The options provided fall under four categories:
The Marine Fisheries Commission is considering moving some options forward for further development and possible rulemaking. The commission is seeking advisory committee feedback on the options before considering the issue at its August 2021 business meeting.
The committees will meet as follows:
|Southern Advisory Committee
July 20 at 6 p.m.
Register to speak by noon July 19
Comment online by noon July 19
|Northern Advisory Committee
July 21 at 6 p.m.
Register to speak by noon July 20
Comment online by noon July 20
|Finfish Advisory Committee
July 22 at 6 p.m.
Register to speak by noon July 21
Comment online by noon July 21
Web conference links and agendas are available on the Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committees Meetings webpage.
The public may submit comments to the advisory committees in three ways:
Emailed comments will not be accepted.