Meeting of Commercial Fisheries Resources Funding Committees

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A commercial fishing trawler sails northeast off Topsail Island. Photo: Dylan Ray

The State Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Resource Fund Committee and the State Commercial Fisheries Resource Fund Fund Committee will hold a joint meeting at 6:00 p.m. on December 8 via web conference.

Committees will hear an update from Marine Fisheries Division staff and have a discussion on the funding proposal requests that were first considered on September 29. During this meeting, the committee should further discuss the requests and clarify the information. Details of requests can be found in the Minutes of the September meeting.

Members of the public can listen to the meeting by telephone or listen to and view the presentations online. Meeting information and agenda are on the division website.

A listening station will be installed at the headquarters of the Marine Fisheries Division in Morehead City.

Public comments will not be accepted during the meeting. The public can submit written comments before 4:00 p.m. on December 6 through a online form, by mail by December 8, 2022 CFRF Meeting Comments, PO Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557, or delivered to the Marine Fisheries Division Headquarters office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

The Commercial Fishing Resource Fund receives money from an increase in commercial fishing license fees implemented in 2015. The fund pays for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations under bycatch licenses to sea ​​turtles and Atlantic sturgeon under the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Any money left in the fund must be used for projects to develop and support a sustainable commercial fishery in the state. Projects must be approved by the six commercial fisheries representatives of the Commercial Fisheries Resource Fund Committee and the Commercial Fisheries Resource Fund Committee of the Marine Fisheries Commission, made up of commission members holding the three commercial fishing seats, by division.

These committees operate independently of the division, although the Marine Fisheries Division provides support for their meetings.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call 252-808-8015.

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