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MOREHEAD CITY – If you want to learn about the latest fisheries research or find out about the newest fishery management programs, plan on attending the 2007 Fisheries Forum at the Convention Center in New Bern, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

North Carolina Sea Grant and the Marine Fisheries Commission are co-hosting this year’s forum, which will be held at the New Bern Convention Center’s Tryon Room A & B (2nd floor). Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9 a.m.

Research findings will be presented from the N.C. Fishery Resource Grant (FRG) and the N.C. Blue Crab Research Program. Both are funded by the N.C. General Assembly and administered by Sea Grant.

Topics for FRG research include the recruitment of red drum in North Carolina estuaries and an evaluation of the state’s yellow perch fishery. A presentation on new fishing gear configurations will also be featured.

Topics for blue crab research include testing the efficiency of varying colored crab pots, a study on the production of multiple clutches of eggs by female crabs, and seasonal patterns of blue crab post-larval movements.

Additionally, information will be presented on the Coastal Recreational Fishing License implementation, as well as the progress of developing procedures for distribution of license revenues. An overview on the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan implementation will also be presented.

For more information about the meeting, please contact Nancy Fish at [email protected], 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632. Or contact Sea Grant extension specialists Marc Turano at [email protected], 919/513-7279; or Bob Hines at [email protected], 252/222-6312.
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