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The Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) Southeast Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 18 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Wilmington Regional Office, located at 127 Cardinal Drive Extension in Wilmington, NC.

The committee will review and discuss potential temporary management measures for the 2006 fishing season as part of the Draft River Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The MFC is seeking the advice of the regional committees regarding potential temporary measures. The herring population is severely depleted.

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has recommended a harvest moratorium as the most expedient action to reduce the effects of fishing on the population. The MFC decided at a special called meeting on September 26th that a harvest moratorium would not be appropriate at this time, but that they would consider more restrictive measures than what are currently in place. The MFC restricts commercial harvest to 300,000 pounds in the Albemarle Sound and Chowan River, with 200,000 pounds allocated to the Chowan River pound net fishery, 67,000 pounds to the Albemarle Sound gill net fishery, and 33,000 pounds allocated at the discretion of the DMF Director. There is a 25 river herring per person bag limit in place in coastal waters.

The committee will receive updates on MFC/DMF activities that affect the Southeast District and will also receive a presentation on a fisheries resource grant (FRG).

If you have any questions, please call Rich Carpenter at 800-248-4536 or 910-395-3900 or me at 800-682-2632 or 252-726-7021

Tuesday, October 18, 2005 6 p.m.
Wilmington Regional Office, Wilmington, NC


- Introduction

- Modifications to the Agenda

- Approval of Minutes
- July 12, 2005

- Update
- Draft Shrimp FMP
- Recreational Commercial Large Mesh Gill Net Attendance
- Petition to Declare Oysters an Endangered Species
- NMFS Bottlenose Dolphin Rules

- Potential Interim Management Measures for the River Herring Fishery
- Public Comment
- Discussion
- Recommendations

- Fisheries Resource Grant Presentation – Gill Nets in Southeast North Carolina – Teresa Thorpe

- Next Meeting
- Issues
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