Have your say on waterfowl seasons

CorrespondentAugust 14, 2013 

Hunters and other members of the public don’t need to make time to attend meetings. They can go online to offer input on waterfowl hunting seasons.

Public comment on the proposed dates for regular waterfowl seasons in North Carolina is being accepted through Wednesday on the comment system on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission website: www.ncwildlife.org.

Click on the scrolling icon labeled “Regular Waterfowl Proposed Season Comments” at the bottom of the page, or find the comments form here.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service frameworks would allow duck, coot and merganser seasons to start Sept. 21; goose and tundra swan seasons to start Oct. 1; and the special sea duck area season to start Sept. 15. View the frameworks here.

Comments still can be mailed. Send to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Proposed Regulations Comments, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1701.

Boat show this weekend: Boaters will have a chance to catch year-end sales or buy next year’s models when more than a dozen dealers representing more than 40 manufacturers converge on the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh for this weekend’s Carolina Fall Boat Show and Sale.

The show will run noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission for ages 12 and older is $6 and is good for all three days with a return pass.

Find a coupon on the show’s new website at www.carolinafallboatshow.com, or go to www.facebook.com/CarolinaFallBoatShowandSale.

Fisheries hearing Thursday: A public hearing is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the BridgePointe Hotel at 101 Howell St. in New Bern, for comment on measures before the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.

The proposals would affect the fishery-management plans for snapper, grouper, dolphin, wahoo and coral, and coastal migratory pelagics including king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and cobia.

Written comment will end 5 p.m. Aug. 18. Learn more at www.safmc.net, or call 843-571-4366.

Snowy grouper season closes: Commercial harvest of snowy grouper in South Atlantic waters closed Saturday and will reopen 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1. Learn more at www.safmc.net.

Red snapper changes: From 12:01 a.m. Aug. 23 to 12:01 a.m. Aug. 26, recreational anglers will be limited to one red snapper per person per day, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries said in a news release. There is no minimum size limit.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 26, vessels with a federal commercial South Atlantic snapper-grouper permit are limited to 75 pounds gutted weight of red snapper per trip. There is no minimum size.

Read the entire proclamation here.

Shrimp committee meeting: The Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee will meet 6 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City.

Discussion will include ways to reduce shrimp trawl bycatch in internal waters, plus removing shrimp trawls from the gears allowed under the Recreational Commercial Gear License.

For information, contact Trish Murphey, division biologist supervisor, at 252-808-8091 or Trish.Murphey@ncdenr.gov.

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