Final approvals for the Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Amendment 2 and the River Herring Fishery Management Plan information update are on the agenda for the coming North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission meeting.
The in-person meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, and 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5046 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, and will be livestreamed on YouTube. The YouTube link will be posted on the Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings webpage. After the meeting, a recording will be posted online.
Other agenda items include a presentation on the annual fishery management plan review, establishing the annual cap on the number of standard commercial fishing licenses available through the eligibility pool, and electing a vice-chairman. The agenda and briefing book are on the commission webpage.
In-person public comment periods are at 6 p.m. Aug. 17, and near the beginning of the meeting Thursday, Aug. 18. Those making comments are asked to speak at either but not both public comment periods. If submitting a handout, organizers recommend bringing at least 12 copies.
Public comment can be submitted by 4 p.m. Monday through the Marine Fisheries Commission Meetings webpage; by mail to August 2022 Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Comments, P.O Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557; or delivered to the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Morehead City Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.