Commercial and recreational fishers, scientists and others interested in sitting on the Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee should contact the state Division of Marine Fisheries.
The division will hold workshops in the fall to develop Amendment 2 to the state Estuarine Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan. The meetings may be held online via webinar, those interested in serving are encouraged to have access to the internet.
Amendment 2 looks at management strategies to achieve sustainable harvest and the feasibility of hook and line as a commercial gear in the striped bass fishery, according to the division. Topics include harvest moratoriums, quota management, seasons, size limits, and gear modifications. There will also be a review of striped bass stocking history and future cooperative stocking strategies.
The division is looking for applicants with expertise and experience in the various commercial and recreational striped bass fisheries from the Albemarle Sound Management Area, Roanoke River Management Area, and the Central Southern Management Area, which includes the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, and Cape Fear rivers.
To be qualified to serve on the committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years.
Applications are available online, at Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices, or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by July 30, by email to Dana.Gillikin@ncdenr.gov or by mail to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Dana Gillikin.
Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be available to attend and actively participate in all workshops tentatively scheduled for September and October . This includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers and providing input to the division for consideration to refine management options in draft Amendment 2. Workshop-style meetings provide a less formal setting allowing scientists, managers, and stakeholders to more effectively address questions, comments, and concerns.
Advisers who complete the necessary paperwork will be reimbursed for expenses incurred in relation to their official duties.