New rules that went into effect Monday should please recreational fishermen wanting the black sea bass season to open earlier in the year.
The final rule for regulatory amendment 14 for the fishery management plan regulating the snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic Region moves the start of the recreational fishing year for black sea bass from June 1 to April 1.
“Several years ago as the stock was still rebuilding and the population was getting bigger, there wasn’t that much quota for both recreational and commercial fishermen,” said Michelle A. Duval, an N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries scientist who is the executive assistant for councils and represents the state agency on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. “Some of the recreational fishermen wanted to be able to access the fish earlier in the year.”
Another change will be a predicted close date for seasons that will be based on past catch rates.
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“The idea was to provide some stability for anglers and charter captains” so they to be better able to plan trips, Duval said.
The changes also move the commercial and recreational fishing years for greater amberjack to a March 1 start.
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CWD comment sought: Dec. 15 is the deadline for comment on draft revisions to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s proposed response plan for any outbreak of chronic wasting disease, or CWD. The fatal neurological disease affects the cervidae family, including white-tailed deer and elk.
Read the draft at www.ncwildlife.org (scroll down to “CWD Response Plan Draft”). Email comments to email@example.com.
Maintenance class: The Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron will offer a 10-week marine engine maintenance class starting 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at Resurrection Lutheran School in Cary. The cost is $50-$100 with book or $10 if sharing. Go to www.rsps.org/education.
Post and win: The North Carolina Trail Cams page on Facebook, dedicated to images of deer and other wildlife, offers the chance to win a three-day hunt for two. Enter by submitting photos or videos through the site’s new mobile app. Learn more at www.facebook.com/nctrailcams.
Shop the Rock: The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, which highlights its charities during 12 Days of Giving, will hold open house events 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10-8 Monday at Big Rock Landing on the Morehead City waterfront. Buy gifts and be entered to win a ticket to the 2015 Captain’s Party. Go to www.thebigrock.com.
Wildlife gifts: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wild Store offers gift items including calendars, books, Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop gift certificates, DVDs and subscriptions to Wildlife in North Carolina, winner of the Association for Conservation Information’s award for top magazine. Go to www.ncwildstore.com.
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