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Weekly Update for October 13, 2017 – NCFA

WEEKLY UPDATE: 10/13/2017
“Serving the Commercial Fishing Families of North Carolina since 1952”
PO Box 86; Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: (252) 726-NCFA (6232) Fax: (252) 726-6200
Glenn Skinner, Exec. Director: [email protected]; 252-646-7742
David Bush, Fisheries Biologist: [email protected]; 910-777-1605
Jerry Schill, Govt. Relations: [email protected]; 252-361-3015
Aundrea O’Neal, Accounting/Tradewinds: [email protected]; ext. 101
Nikki Raynor, Reception/Memberships:[email protected];ext 103


Seafood month got a great kickoff in North Carolina with last Saturday’s Fisherman’s Village on the Morehead City waterfront, and on Sunday morning at the Blessing of the Fleet.
For a message from Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, or NMFS, click the link below.
Message from Chris Oliver about Seafood Month – click here

Advisory committee meetings to focus on cobia management measures – Three advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet on separate dates in October to discuss issues related to the cobia fishery.

The advisory committees will be asked to provide input to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission on management measures contained in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Draft Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia (Georgia to New York). The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board will meet Oct. 19 to vote on this plan.

The draft plan includes size, bag and vessel limits to complement federal measures. Most notably, the draft plan includes several proposed options for state-specific recreational harvest targets that will give individual states more flexibility in developing management measures to best suit their needs.

Currently, the recreational annual catch limit for Georgia to New York is managed on a coastwide basis. This has resulted in federal closures and significant overages, disrupting fishing opportunities and jeopardizing the health of the stock.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will discuss North Carolina’s recreational cobia management measures at its Nov. 15-16 meeting at the Doubletree by Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk.

For more information, contact Steve Poland, cobia staff lead with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, at 252-808-8159 or [email protected]

Oct 15 – 19; ASMFC Annual Meeting; Waterside Marriott; Norfolk, VA
Oct 24; 6:00pm MFC Northern Advisory Committee; Dare County Complex; Manteo, NC
Oct 25; 6:00pm MFC Southern Advisory Committee; Cardinal Drive; Wilmington, NC
Oct 26; 6:00pm MFC Finfish Advisory Committee; DMF District Office; Morehead City, NC
Nov 8; Noon; NCFA Board of Directors; Civic Center; Washington, NC
Nov 15-16; NC Marine Fisheries Commission; Kitty Hawk
Dec 4 – 8; South Atlantic Council; Doubletree; Atlantic Beach, NC
Dec 6; Noon; NCFA Board of Directors; Civic Center, Washington, NC
Dec 11 – 14; Mid Atlantic Council; Westin Annapolis; Annapolis, MD

Jerry Schill, NCFA responds to outdoor columnist Ed Wall

jerry schillIn response to Ed Wall’s Outdoors column, “Fisheries should be managed for all, by all,” I offer the following comments. Mr. Wall mischaracterized my position on the referendum when he wrote that “Jerry Schill…is particularly disturbed by the fact that HB 1122 would allow a referendum on the issue by the state’s voters in the upcoming election in November. He is apparently concerned about citizens all across the state would be allowed to voice their opinions about something that he feels should be controlled solely by persons — and their representatives — in the coastal counties.” I never said such a thing. I do not favor an illegal action, and that is what it would be if the bill in question was passed as Rep. Billy Richardson suggests. On the subject of the net ban: Read the rebuttal here 22:38

NCFA Weekly Update for Feb. 20, 2015

NCFAWeekly Update for Feb. 20, 2015 as a PDF 07:31

NCFA Weekly Update for Feb. 6, 2015

NCFAClick here Weekly Update for Feb. 6, 2015 as a PDF  19:33

NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 30, 2015


On behalf of NCFA’s Board of Directors, Members and Staff, we offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Janice Smith. Read the NCFA Update here 17:02

Just in! – NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 23, 2015

NCFAWeekly Update for Jan. 23, 2015 as a PDF 11:42

NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 16, 2015


Weekly Update for Jan. 16, 2015 as a PDF 20:19

NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 9, 2015 (just received)

NCFAWeekly Update for Jan. 9, 2015 as a PDF 08:51

NCFA Weekly Update for Jan. 2, 2015

NCFAWeekly Update for Jan. 2, 2015 as a PDF 21:43

NCFA Weekly Update for Dec. 26, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Dec. 26, 2014 as a PDF  18:49

NCFA Weekly Update for Dec. 19, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Dec. 19, 2014 as a PDF 17:59

NCFA Weekly Update Dec. 12, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Dec. 12, 2014 as a PDF 23:06

NCFA Weekly Update for Dec. 5, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Dec. 5, 2014 as a PDF 07:15

NCFA Weekly Update for Nov. 30, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Nov. 30, 2014 as a PDF 23:25

NCFA Weekly Update for Nov. 14, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Nov. 14 as PDF 18:09

NCFA Weekly Update for Nov. 7, 2014

WEEKLY UPDATE: 11/4/2014


“Serving the Commercial Fishing Families of North Carolina since 1952”

Phone: (252) 745-0225 –

Jerry Schill, President: [email protected] Cell: 252-361-3015  

Lauren Morris, Membership/Operations Manager:  

[email protected] Cell: 252-725-2468



The Board of Directors will meet this coming Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. in the conference room of the Hampton Inn in Washington.  The board will discuss the summer flounder season structure, Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Board appointments, and Tradewinds as well as receive updates on many ongoing issues.



NCFA will host a meeting Nov. 19 from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Pier House at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk to hear from fishermen and discuss priority issues before the commission’s public meeting.  It is important that all commercial fishermen that are able attend!   


The commission will meet Nov. 19-21 at the Hilton Garden Inn to:

  • Develop its 2015 initiatives
  • Vote on nominating candidates for the Mid- and South Atlantic fishery management councils
  • Vote on funding for shrimp trawl bycatch research and industry workgroup
  • Vote on the charge of the Sea Turtle Advisory Committee
  • Select its preferred management options for Striped Mullet Fishery Management Plan Amendment 1
  • Vote on the strategic habitat area Region 3 nominations
  • Receive presentations on the American Shad Sustainable Fishery Plan and estuarine striped bass adaptive management measures


View the agenda and briefing materials.



The 2014 election is history, and now begins the serious preparation for the North Carolina General Assembly’s long session, which starts on January 14th.


All of the coastal legislators in the state legislature were re-elected.


For the Congressional races: NC House Speaker Thom Tillis defeated incumbent US Senator Kay Hagan; Walter Jones & G.K. Butterfield both won re-election to the US House, and David Rouzer was elected to Congress, replacing Mike McIntyre in the southeastern part of the state.


Here’s my take on the election, and keep in mind these are my personal opinions:



If you are aware of ANY meetings that should be of interest to commercial fishing that is not on this list, please contact us so we can include it here.


Nov. 12 – For-Hire Logbook Reporting Requirement Meeting – Manteo


Nov. 19-21 – Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting – Kitty Hawk






Beginning on Monday, September 1, if you fish gill nets in internal waters, you need a permit. (Drift gill nets, strike, runaround or drop gill nets are exempt.) The permit wasn’t the Division’s idea, but came from commercial fishermen. It was thought that if one of the requirements for the federal ITP in the fishery is to have 7 percent of large mesh trips observed, then rather than have more restrictions, why not devise a permit to make sure we get enough coverage. Without the coverage, the feds can shut down the fishery, so a permit can keep that from happening. If a fisherman refuses to take an observer, he can lose his permit.


If you are fishing large mesh gill nets, don’t wait to be called to take an observer. Call DMF and volunteer if you haven’t taken an observer. Don’t let it up to a few to take observers. If everyone does their part, the burden can be spread around a bit and you can do your part in keeping the fishery open.


One other point about fishing and turtles: If you have an interaction with a turtle while you’re fishing and you don’t have an observer, then call DMF and let them know. That’s better for all of us. You won’t get penalized for it and it’s something that should be done.



Most fishermen check their pound nets daily for a number of reasons. One is the quality of the fish is better if fished frequently. NCFA encourages all pound net fishermen to check their nets daily, weather permitting. Fishermen should not be expected to risk their lives when checking their nets, but if the weather allows, we encourage you to check. It just makes sense, but most of you already know that.

Senator Kay Hagan was always very helpful on federal fisheries issues. Her Chief of Staff in North Carolina has been Melissa Midgett from Wanchese, whose Dad is a commercial fisherman, and Melissa is well-versed in the challenges that commercial fishing families face. That personal connection with a US Senator will be sorely missed. However, as of right now we don’t know who Senator-elect Tillis will bring on for his staff folks. I read an opinion on Facebook that as a US Senator, Thom Tillis will destroy commercial fishing. I don’t share that opinion, but as I noted in reply, it’s my job to make sure he doesn’t. I’m confident that he and his staff will prove to be a positive for commercial fishing as we fight the heavy handed feds on many different fronts.


In the US House, Congressman Mike McIntyre was also very friendly to commercial fishing, but he decided to retire. His replacement, David Rouzer, will be super in my opinion. I’ve known him for quite a few years, beginning when he was a staffer for Senator Jesse Helms. David also worked with NC State University for a while and served two terms in the North Carolina Senate.


G.K. Butterfield has represented the First Congressional District for 10 years. I’ve had very little interaction with his office, but what I have had has been disappointing. That’s partially understandable since none of his district borders the coastline, but he does represent a significant number of commercial fishermen living in the northeast part of the state. In addition, although I live in Craven County he’s my representative in Congress, so I expect just a bit more when asking his staff to do something rather simple. To be fair, I haven’t taken the time to seriously reach out to G.K. or his staff when they’re in the District. G.K.’s staff could take a lesson or two from the late, great Floyd Lupton when it comes to constituent service!


On to state politics: You may figure that it’s all going to be the same since the coastal incumbents got re-elected. But you would be wrong! Gamefish proponents in the NC House, Tom Murry and Tim Moffitt were both defeated. Of equal significance for us is Senator Wesley Meredith from Fayetteville beat back a challenge by Billy Richardson. Richardson served previously in the NC House and was the primary sponsor of a net ban bill in the mid-90s. One of this year’s campaign promises from him was to make another attempt at a net ban a priority!


What about other gamefish sponsors? John Bell and Brian Brown were both easily re-elected, with John having no opposition, and Brian winning 60% to 40%. While we may not agree on all of the issues, I feel comfortable talking to both of them this coming session. They were both freshman legislators this past session, plus the fact they have constituents that are, for the most part, not involved with commercial fishing and their constituents have differing opinions than ours. Taking that into consideration, one can understand, (well, kind of), why they sponsored the gamefish bill.


I believe in dialogue. I also believe in putting things in perspective. I’ll continue to talk to these legislators on behalf of NCFA and commercial fishing families in a respectful, yet firm, manner. With God’s help, we’ll be OK.


God bless,


NCFA Weekly Update for October 31, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Oct. 31, 2014 as PDF  21:39

NCFA Weekly Update for October 24, 2014

NCFAWeekly Update for Oct. 24 2014 as a PDF 19:48

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for Oct. 17, 2014 as a PDF 19:35

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for Oct. 10, 2014 as PDF  18:23

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for October 3, 2014 as pdf 12:00

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for 9.26.2014 as pdf   09:52

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for 9.19.2014 as a PDF There’s a lot going on!

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for September 5, 2014 as a PDF 10:33

NCFA Weekly Update

NCFAWeekly Update for 8.22.14 as pdf  08:19

NCFA REMINDER – Public Hearing on Spot & Croaker Draft Addendum

NCFAPublic Hearing on Spot & Croaker Draft Addendum is tonight, June 17, 2014 at DMF Central Office in Morehead City at 6PM Click here for more info 12:29

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Aug 10, 2018

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North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update Aug 10, 2018

North Carolina Fisheries Association Weekly Update for Aug 3, 2018

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