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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Sept 20 , 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Sept 13 , 2019

HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13th! May today be your very lucky day! – Legislative updates, Bill updates, Calendar, >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here<08:48

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Aug 30 , 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Aug 16 , 2019

Legislative updates, Bill updates, Calendar, >Click here to read the Weekly Update< From Glenn Skinner, It is very important that anyone involved in the NC Shrimp or Southern Flounder fisheries attend next week’s NC Marine Fisheries Commission meeting.  The Commission will be voting on the NC Wildlife Federation’s petition for rulemaking on Thursday, August 22 and on Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder FMP on Friday, August 23. Public comment will be allowed at 6 pm on Wednesday, August 21 and at 9:30 am on Thursday, August 22. >click to read< 16:18

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for August 09, 2019

Legislative updates, Bill updates, Calendar, >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here< From Our Executive Director – Glenn Skinner, The NCFA will be hold a meeting Thursday, August 15 from 3-6pm at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott located at 2090 W.15th Street, Washington, NC to discuss the proposed changes to the Southern Flounder FMP.,,, This issue is very important and we encourage everyone involved in the Flounder fishery to attend 11:04

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for July 26 , 2019

Legislative updates, Bill updates, Calendar, >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here<FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ~ GLENN SKINNER The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) has submitted another Petition for Rulemaking to the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC). Like the previous petition this one proposes severe restrictions on shrimp trawling in the internal waters of NC. 18:06

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for July 19 , 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for July 12, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 28, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for 06/21/2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for 06/21/2019

 

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
Conferees continued to work on the budget this week. Hopefully, that will finish this week and the budget sent to the Governor.
The big news this week is all the activity with H-483, LET THEM SPAWN.

On Tuesday, the bill was heard in the House Rules Committee and received a favorable report. It was then immediately put on the House calendar for the next day, where it passed 58 – 54. Rep. Keith Kidwell objected to the third reading so it was then on the Thursday calendar, where it passed 58 – 47.

You can see the chronology of the bill at the link below. If you want to see how they voted, just click on the appropriate link.
https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/h483

The bill now goes to the Senate where’s there’s been a lot of speculation about how the bill will fare there. We just have to be vigilant.

The bill is a bad bill. NCFA didn’t come out right away against the bill but did so only after we were told by our science advisors that it lacked scientific reasoning. At the start, DMF Director Steve Murphey had concerns about it even though at first DMF was not opposed to the bill. Eventually, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and DMF opposed the bill. If our science advisors had said it’s a great bill, NCFA would have taken a different approach.

Bottom line is we lost in committee and two readings on the House side after a tremendous amount of work. There’s been a lot of chatter in the fishing community about the bill now being law, that the CCA is behind it, etc. Y’all need to read this update a little closer as we’ve stayed on top of this bill and other legislative stuff rather closely.

The NC Wildlife Federation, (NCWF), wrote this bill, with the primary author being Louis Daniel, former Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries. The CCA just went along for the ride. The NCWF is not just an objective group concerned about hunters and wildlife but a very subjective organization that has morphed over the years to being the front runner in its anti-commercial fishing agenda. One of their sister groups, the Florida Wildlife Federation, was a huge reason why the Florida net ban was passed in 1994. Earlier this year one of the folks that worked hard on the Florida net ban was brought to the North Carolina chapter to do his “magic”, and he’s been working the halls of the General Assembly along with several others.

NCWF is the group that filed the Petition for Rulemaking back a few years ago that caused an overflow crowd in the New Bern Convention Center for a hearing about the petition which would have devastated our shrimpers. That petition cost the taxpayers many thousands of dollars in staff time and research but was eventually denied. However, NCWF’s legal advisors, the Southern Environmental Law Center, filed yet another Petition for Rulemaking against our shrimpers just last month!

More Democrats voted for the Let Them Spawn than Republicans, even though DEQ and DMF were opposed. Rep. Pricey Harrison, Democrat, made outstanding comments about why this bill was a bad bill. Rep. Deb Butler, Democrat, also voiced opposition. Yet more Democrats voted for it than against it.

Make no mistake. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation along with their legal advisors at the Southern Environmental Law Center are not an objective sporting organization but one with a not-so-hidden agenda of the decimation of commercial fishing.

There are a lot of people to thank for a tremendous amount of work, but the leader on it was Rep. Bobby Hanig. He fought long and he fought hard, but yet remained a gentleman in the process. He spoke his mind with leadership about the process, or lack thereof, and how it all played out. If you are involved in any with commercial fishing, or if you just appreciate a fair process, thank Bobby! Also, very vocal were Reps Michael Speciale, Keith Kidwell, Larry Pittman, Carson Smith, Frank Iler and Harry Warren.

Jerry

UPDATE ON BILLS:
Due to the length of the explanation of H-483 above, the other bills are not listed. There was no further action this week.

THIRD DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE
The two top vote getters from the Republican Primary will be in a runoff on July 9th. They are Greg Murphy from Greenville and Joan Perry from Kinston.
Candidate Allen Thomas, Democrat, attended the God and Country Christian Alliance meeting this past Monday as Republican Greg Murphy couldn’t make it. It was a good discussion but disappointing for me as nobody from commercial fishing attended. The meetings are open to anyone and an excellent opportunity to learn about the candidates, but I have yet to see any commercial fishing folks attend.

Allen Thomas Meet and Greet; Saturday, June 22nd;
Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead City; 8:00 – 10:00am

Also, Meet and Greet; Thursday, June 27th;
Swansboro; 6:00 – 8:00pm

Also, Meet and Greet; Saturday, June 29th;
Fat Fellas in Newport; 7:30 – 9:00am

Joan Perry
No events received but for info: [email protected]

Greg Murphy reception; Friday June 21st;
Wheatly House in Beaufort; 6:00 – 8:00pm.
Located at the corner of Front and Marsh St.
Contributions accepted but not required
Call Lindy Robinson: 252-241-2309

Also, Saturday, June 22nd;
O Marks Building in New Bern; 8:30 – 10:00.
Contributions accepted but not required.
Call Lindy at the number above.

Also Saturday, June 22nd:
Holiday Trav L Park in Emerald Isle; 11:00 – 12:30
Contributions accepted but not required
Call Lindy at the number above.

Also Saturday, June 22nd;
Willis Trucking in Jacksonville; 11;30 – 2:00
Contributions accepted but not required
Call Lindy at the number above.

Also Sunday, June 23rd;
Carolina Center in Elizabeth City; 6:00 – 8:00pm
Call Lynda Blount: 252-714-1164

>CLICK HERE<  FOR SHRIMP TRAWL BYCATCH REDUCTION DEVICE REQUIREMENTS BEGINNING JULY 1, 2019

June 27 at 6 p.m.
Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee
Development of Amendment 3 to the Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan
N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington regional office
943 Washington Square Mall, Washington, NC

July 10, 2019
NCFA Board Meeting
2019 W. 15th Street, Washington, NC
https://ncfish.org/calendar/

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NCFA| PO Box 86 |101 N. 5th Street | Morehead City, NC | (252) 726-6232

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 14, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for June 7, 2019

From Our Executive Director- Glenn Skinner – At the special MFC meeting held June 6 the Marine Fisheries Commission approved their preferred management options for Amendment 2 to the Southern Flounder FMP. The preferred management measures chosen would: >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here< 13:17

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 31, 2019

>Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here< Everyone in NC that has an interest in the Southern Flounder fishery (Restaurant, Consumer, Commercial or Recreational) is encouraged to attend the meetings that are scheduled for next week. 12:25  Information on Southern Flounder Amendment – >Click here< for info, and to submit a written comment

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 24, 2019

A Word from Our Executive Director – Glenn Skinner, At their May Business meeting, the Marine Fisheries Commission voted to send draft Amendment 2 (to the Southern Flounder FMP) as presented by the Division to the Advisory Committee and out for public comment with the addition of data pertaining to a partial moratorium. The Division recommended using seasonal closures to reduce the recreational and commercial harvest of Southern Flounder by 62% in year one and 72% in year 2 of Amendment 2.  >Click here to read the Weekly Update<, to read all the updates >click here<, for older updates listed as NCFA >click here<14:35

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 17, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 10, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for May 3, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for April19, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for April 12, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for April 5, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for March 29, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for March 22, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for March 15, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for March 8, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for March 1, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for February 22, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for February 15, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for February 8, 2019

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for February 1, 2019

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