Three of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission’s advisory committees will meet by web conference to discuss possible future small mesh gill net management measures.
The southern, northern and finfish advisory committees will meet at different times this month to review the Small Mesh Gill Net Rules Modification Information Paper. The paper has an overview of the small mesh gill net fishery and presents several possible management options that focus on reducing regulatory complexity, potential bycatch in the fishery and user conflict, according to the Division of Marine Fisheries.
Web conference links and agendas are on the Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Committees Meetings webpage.
The Marine Fisheries Commission is considering moving some options forward for further development and possible rulemaking. The options fall under four categories: yardage limits, attendance requirements, set time and area restrictions, and mesh size limits.
The commission is asking for advisory committee feedback on the options before considering the issue at its August business meeting, according to the division.
In addition to signing up to speak or submitting comments online, comments can be mailed to Small Mesh Gill Net Rules Modification Information Paper, P.O Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557. All comments must be received by the division by noon the day before the meeting.