Commercial fishing resource funding committees for fisheries projects meet March 7

Published 7:36 am Thursday, February 28, 2019

The N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee will meet jointly with the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee at 1 p.m., March 7 at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

The two committees are scheduled to conduct an initial review of applications received in response to a request for proposals for a public relations campaign and an economic impact study. This initial review is to determine if the applications meet the scope and intent of the request for proposals. Applicants will then be notified of any questions or suggested changes to their proposals.

A time for public comment is set aside.

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The Commercial Fishing Resource Fund receives money from an increase in commercial fishing license fees that took effect in 2015. The fund pays for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon under the federal Endangered Species Act. Any additional money left in the fund is to be used for projects to develop and support sustainable commercial fishing in the state.

Spending for these projects must be approved by the Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee, which is made up of six commercial fishing representatives, and the Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee, comprised of members of the commission holding the three commercial fishing seats.