MFC advisory committees to meet

Published 10:53 am Thursday, January 4, 2024

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The five advisory committees of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet in January to discuss various fisheries topics. The meetings will be held in person and livestreamed on YouTube.

Public comment will be accepted during the meetings. Those who wish to speak should attend in-person and sign up on site the day of the meeting.

The meetings are scheduled from Jan. 9 through Jan. 17, 2024 all at 6 p.m.:

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Northern Advisory Committee: Jan. 9, Dare Administration Building 954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Manteo

Southern Advisory Committee: Jan. 10, Department of Environmental Quality, 127 Cardinal Dr., Wilmington.

Shellfish/Crustacean Advisory Committee: Jan. 11; Finfish Advisory Committee: Jan. 16; and Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee, Jan. 17; all at Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 Hwy. 70 West, Morehead City.

The Northern, Southern and Finfish committees are scheduled to discuss the Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan draft Amendment 2 and vote on their recommended management options for Marine Fisheries Commission consideration.

The Shellfish/Crustacean committee is scheduled to discuss the outcome of the recent scoping period for the Eastern Oyster Fishery Management Plan Amendment 5 and Hard Clam FMP Amendment 3.

The Habitat and Water Quality committee will review and discuss an adaptive management strategy for the protection of critical sea grass habitat through shrimp trawl area closures.

Meeting agendas and YouTube links can be found on the Marine Fisheries Commission webpage.