Stock status of black sea bass improves

CorrespondentJuly 3, 2013 

In a scene painted by Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter, a pair of Northern shovelers sit along the water's edge. The scene adorns the 2013 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print that went on sale Monday, July 1, through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store at www.ncwildstore.com. Signed and numbered prints with mint stamps sell for $145. The collector's mint stamp will sell for $10. Sales support waterfowl habitat in North Carolina. Learn more at www.ncwild.org.

Recreational fishermen who swore black sea bass numbers were growing now have proof.

Black sea bass south of Cape Hatteras are listed as “viable” in the 2013 Stock Status Report after a South Atlantic assessment determined the spawning stock has rebuilt and overfishing is not occurring, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said Monday in releasing the status report.

The stock south of Cape Hatteras has been under a federally managed rebuilding plan since 2006 and last year was upgraded to “recovering.”

For the 2013-14 fishing season, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council increased quotas for recreational and commercial fisheries.

The annual status report lists species as viable, recovering, concern, depleted or unknown. The report can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/stock-status-reports.

Waterfowl stamp on sale: The 2013 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print went on sale Monday through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store at www.ncwildstore.com.

A pair of Northern shovelers sit along the water’s edge in a scene painted by Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter.

Signed and numbered prints with mint stamps sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10. Sales support waterfowl habitat in North Carolina.

New hunting permits being issued: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Monday began issuing Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits that allow a new hunter to purchase a license and start hunting under the supervision of a licensed adult mentor before taking a required hunter education course.

A new hunter also may hunt when accompanied by an adult landholder or landholder’s spouse who is exempt from the license requirement as long as the individual is hunting on the landholder’s property.

Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org, or call 919-707-0031.

Sportsmen oppose landfill bill: The N.C. Wildlife Federation distributed an email this past week urging outdoors enthusiasts to ask their state representatives to vote no on Senate Bill 328. The measure, known as the Solid Waste Management Reform Act of 2013, “weakens the present landfill laws in North Carolina,” the federation said. SB328 would eliminate buffer areas around gamelands and would reduce landfill buffers around national wildlife refuges and state parks to 1,500 feet. Follow the bill at www.ncleg.net. Learn more at www.ncwf.org.

Pier added at Cape Fear dam: A handicapped-accessible, wooden fishing pier has been constructed along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam No. 1 at Riegelwood, about 32 miles upriver from Wilmington. Designed and built by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management staff, the fixed pier is owned and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the commission said in a news release.

Herring meeting set: The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ river herring fishery management plan advisory committee will meet at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Chowan County Agriculture Center, 730 North Granville St. in Edenton. Learn more at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/ or call 252-264-3911.

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