The Marine Fisheries Commission will meet November 17-19 in Emerald Isle
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in person November 17-19 at the Islander Hotel & Resort, 102 Islander Dr, Emerald Isle. The committee office will also live stream the meeting online.
The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17; at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 18; and at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 19. In accordance with current guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the President is asking everyone present at the meeting to wear a mask at all times, except when making public comments to the committee.
The committee will hold a public comment session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17. The panel will also hold a 30-minute public comment period near the start of the meeting on Thursday, November 18.
The following information is for in-person public comments.:
- To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the chair will limit each speaker to 3 minutes.
- Those who do comment will only be invited to speak once, either Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, but not during the two public comment periods.
- Members of the public are encouraged to speak during the Wednesday evening session, as the Thursday morning session is limited to 30 minutes (10 people).
- A pre-registration by online form is mandatory to speak during the Thursday morning session. Registration will close once 10 people register to speak.
- Pre-registration is available, but not compulsory, for the Wednesday evening session. The deadline for online registration for this session is Wednesday at 10 am; however, the public may also register to speak in person for the Wednesday evening session starting at 4:30 pm There is no speaker limit for the Wednesday evening session.
- Registration for speakers will begin at noon on November 3 and can be accessed via a link on the Marine Fisheries Commission meeting webpage.
- Those wishing to submit documents to the panel during a public comment period must bring at least 12 copies to the meeting.
- The panel will only hear speakers present at the in-person meeting.
The public can also submit written comments:
- Written comments can be submitted through an online form accessible through the Marine Fisheries Commission meeting webpage.
- Written comments can be sent by post to the comments of the Marine Fisheries Commission meeting November 2021, PO Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.
- Written comments may be dropped off at the Morehead City Marine Fisheries Division Head Office at 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City.
- Written comments should be posted online or received at the Marine Fisheries Division office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 15.
- The office of the Marine Fisheries Commission will not accept comments from the public for this meeting by email.
Due to space constraints, those who do not wish to speak during the meeting are encouraged to watch the meeting online. Links to the live stream will be posted on the Marine Fisheries Commission meeting webpage. After the meeting, an audio recording will be uploaded.
Agenda items include:
- Approval of the proposed modification of the 2021 Coastal Habitat Protection Plan.
- Selection of preferred management options for Amendment 2 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan and send the draft plan for ministerial review.
- Review draft Amendment 3 to the South Plaice Fishery Management Plan and send for public consultation and review by the Advisory Committee.
- Approve the goals and objectives of the NC fisheries management plan project for interjurisdictional fisheries Amendment 2.
- Final approval of changes and re-enactment of a list of rules under a Mandatory Periodic Review Schedule (GS 150B-21.3A), including rules prohibiting the repackaging of foreign crab meat in North Carolina.
- Discussion of additional labeling requirements for repackaged foreign crab meat, including selection of the preferred management option and approval of the associated proposed language for rule development.
- Approval of a slate of candidates for North Carolina’s mandatory seat on the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Board.
A full meeting agenda and background documents will be posted on the website Marine Fisheries Commission meeting webpage as they become available.