• 73°

Cobia fishery changes noted

In Fisheries Bulletin 19-008, NOAA Fisheries announced changes in the management of cobia in federal waters.

The final rule to implement Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagics of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region removes Atlantic cobia from the fishery management plan.

Atlantic cobia is now managed under the purview of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission because the majority of Atlantic cobia landings are in state waters.

The final rule will be effective on March 21, 2019.

Regulations in federal waters will be implemented through the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act.

Most existing management measures in federal waters for commercial and recreational harvest of Atlantic cobia from Georgia through New York do not change through this rule.

For the commercial sector, the minimum size limit is 33 inches fork length and the trip limit is two fish per person per day or six fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

For the recreational sector, the minimum size limit is 36 inches fork length and the bag and vessel limits are one fish per person per day or six fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive. For both sectors, persons harvesting Atlantic cobia must comply with more restrictive size limits, bag limits and possession limits in the states where the fish are landed.

North Carolina Marine Fisheries issued Proclamation FF 57-2018 regarding the commercial and recreational cobia fisheries on Dec. 20, 2018.

States the proclamation: “The intent of this proclamation is to manage the commercial and recreational fishery for cobia in Coastal Fishing Waters consistent with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Cobia Fishery Management Plan.”

Proclamation FF 57-2018 opened the commercial fishery on Jan. 1, 2019. The recreational fishery is closed until 12:01 a.m., May 1, 2019.

Size and catch limits for the commercial fishery are 33 inches fork length and two cobia per person per day or six per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

READ MORE IN OUR ON THE WATER SECTION.

News

Water flows again in Avon; boil water advisory in effect

Lifestyles

Dare Day postponed until next year

News

NCDOT issues reminder to avoid pedestrian pier during construction

News

Body of North Carolina man missing since Thursday found at lake shore

News

Manteo commissioners schedule hearing for text amendments

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug, firearm charges

News

Duck Town Council approves ordinance changes

News

Water alert issued for Avon

Lifestyles

Coast Guard medal awarded to Nags Head lifeguard

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to 15 years in prison for firearm charge

News

State Supreme Court: Students can use constitution to fight bullying

News

Former North Carolina judge censured for sexual misconduct

News

United States COVID-19 vaccine surplus continues to grow; expiration dates loom

News

Dare commissioners adopt budget, set up Avon beach nourishment districts

Crime

North Carolina Supreme Court upholds murder charge in starvation death of 4-year-old child

News

North Carolina Senate gives final approval to $2 billion tax-cut plan

Crime

One killed and three wounded in North Carolina shooting

Lifestyles

The Lost Colony dazzles in 84th season

Lifestyles

Food giveaway Saturday in Columbia

News

Cooper announces drawings for million-dollar prizes and college tuition to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

News

Manteo commissioners adopt town budget for 2022

News

North Carolina ban on abortions on basis of race, sex or Down syndrome goes to governor

Crime

Feds accuse North Carolina woman of pushing fake COVID-19 cure

Columnist

Column: Seeking justice for Brenda Joyce Holland