Update Sept. 20: The Division of Marine Fisheries announced that the public scoping period start date has been changed from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26. The division also provided the correct link for the Oct. 4 virtual meeting.
Original post Sept. 7: The Division of Marine Fisheries is developing Amendment 2 to the North Carolina Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan to address the stock status.
This year’s stock assessment indicates that the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring, division officials said, and they’re asking for input on potential management strategies for the amendment and discuss stakeholder priorities.
The public scoping period begins Sept. 25 and ends at 5 p.m. Oct. 7. Comments can be submitted using an online form or submitted through the mail to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Striped Mullet Scoping, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
Division staff are also to host the following meetings during the public scoping period:
- Sept. 27 in the Dare County Administration Building, Commissioners Meeting Room, Manteo. In-person only.
- Oct. 4 in the Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City. In-person and virtual.
- Oct. 6 in the Department of Environmental Quality Wilmington Regional Office, 127 Cardinal Drive, Wilmington. In-person only.
Officials said the primary management strategy for Amendment 2 is long-term sustainable harvest in the striped mullet fishery. Stakeholder comments and concerns are to be considered in developing management strategies and management measures in Amendment 2.
Scoping is the best opportunity for the public to inform the plan, officials said.