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1 U.S. Marine Fisheries Management Dr. Louis B. Daniel III Director N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries

2 Regulatory Bodies Division of Marine Fisheries Marine Fisheries Commission Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Federal Fishery Management Councils National Marine Fisheries Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

3 Governing Legislation Fisheries Reform Act of 1997 (state) Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (federal) Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act (federal)

4 Division of Marine Fisheries Recommenders Directors proclamation authority to implement rules 321 staff to collect and analyze data to make sound recommendations to the various rulemaking bodies Very little direct authority Wildlife Resources Commission Implement Fisheries Reform Act

5 Marine Fisheries Commission Deciders Rulemaking authority for coastal waters out to three miles Approve fishery management plans Authority laid out in Fisheries Reform Act

6 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Compact of all east coast states to manage state coastal waters out to three miles Three members from each state cast a single vote Member states with a declared interest in a fishery must comply with management measures approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

7 Federal Fishery Management Councils N.C. membership on both the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic councils Three members from each state with separate votes Manage species from miles offshore in the Exclusive Economic Zone

8 National Marine Fisheries Service Federal fisheries councils (Exclusive Economic Zone) Protected Resources Highly Migratory Species Enforcement in the Exclusive Economic Zone

9 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protected Resources Anadromous Species Hatcheries

10 Technical Advice Plan development teams Technical committees Stock assessment committees Assessment reviews Science and Statistics Committee

11 Public Involvement Marine Fisheries Commission Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Federal councils Highly Migratory Species Protected Resources

12 Process Example Plan Development Team Advisory Committee Marine Fisheries Commission Standing and Regional Committees Marine Fisheries Commission Department of Environment and Natural Resources General Assembly Marine Fisheries Commission

13 Interjurisdictional (23 Species) Completed: September 2002 Amended: June 2008 Initial Status: Varies by Species Current Status: Varies by Species Fishery Management Plan Measures Adopted federal and interstate plans by reference to comply with state law Coordinated state efforts for participation in federal and interstate plan processes Set forth public outreach procedures for federal and interstate issues Improvements Sustainable stocks –Summer flounder –Spiny Dogfish –Bluefish Challenges Weakfish Snapper-Grouper Sheepshead

14 Red Drum Completed: March 2001 Amended: November 2008 Initial Status: Overfished Current Status: Recovering Fishery Management Plan Measures Reduced recreational bag limit from five fish to one Implemented commercial trip limit Prohibited harvest over 27 inches Improvements Two recent stock assessments show North Carolina has achieved a stock rebuilding goal set by Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in 2002 N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries in 2007 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in 2009 Challenges Management of a recovering fishery

15 River Herring FMP Completed: February 2000 Amended: September 2007 Initial Status: Depleted (Albemarle Sound) Unknown (Other Waters) Current Status: Depleted (Albemarle Sound) Unknown (Other Waters) FMP Measures No-harvest provision Allows discretionary fishery for research purposes and to benefit cultural festival Funding for research Designation of anadromous fish spawning areas Improvements Research - Albemarle Sound Management Area Spawning area survey Migration impediment survey Expanded juvenile sampling, commercial pound net survey, water quality monitoring Challenges Impacts from harvest closure still unknown

16 Prognosis?


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