Outdoors

Last call for flounder comment

Flounder are fish enjoyed on many N.C. dinner tables, and their popularity is shared by recreational and commercial fishermen.

That popularity has brought many comments to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries as the July 10 deadline arrives for public comment on six southern flounder management proposals approved for consideration during the Marine Fisheries Commission’s May meeting.

“We had a public meeting that about 150 people showed up at, and about 60 spoke, and we’ve received quite a few written comments,” said Patricia Smith, Marine Fisheries public information officer. “It’s a very important fish in North Carolina.”

Southern is one of three flounder species found in North Carolina.

Catch reduction options, increased size limits and gill net mesh restrictions are among measures being considered to help southern flounder recover from fishing pressure.

Known scientifically as Paralichthys lethostigma, the southern flounder likes estuarine areas with lower salinity, including coastal rivers, western Pamlico Sound and southern parts of the state, according to the Division of Marine Fisheries website.

The six proposals, which are part of a draft supplement to the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, can be read at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/ under Hot Topics. Submit comments via email at flounder.supplement@ncdenr.gov.

Tournament: Hook, Line & Paddle! of Wilmington will hold its seventh TJM Charity Kayak & SUP Fishing Tournament on July 25 in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

The inshore kayak and stand-up paddleboard, or SUP, photo-and-release fishing contest will benefit New Hanover Humane Society. Entry costs $60 before July 14. Learn more at www.facebook.com/events/360326234161220.

Shooting: PC Shooting will conduct a one-day concealed carry handgun class at 10 a.m. July 11 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cary. The $100 fee includes pistol use, ammo, ear protection, targets, range fees, red books and lunch. Another class will be offered July 16. Go to www.pcshooting.com.

Survival show: The N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh will host its first RK Shows Prepper Show 9 a.m.-6 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12.

Survival show vendors will sell survival and preparedness gear, and experts will host seminars on topics such as food storage, body armor, first aid and urban survival.

Adult admission is $12-$15. Go to www.rkpreppershows.com.

Shark fishing: Because of the recent shark bites along the coast, Emerald Isle in Carteret County on July 6 adopted regulations that allow the town to prohibit shark fishing and chumming activities on the beach and nearshore areas through Sept. 15. Learn more at www.emeraldisle-nc.org.

Next meeting: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will met at 9 a.m. July 16 at its headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh. Find a webcast at www.ncwildlife.org under “Public Notices and Pending Rules.”

Plan ahead: The Gold Leaf Waterfowlers Outdoor Expo will return to Wilson County Fairgrounds for its second show April 15-17, co-founder Ryan Beamon announced this week. Attendance surpassed 10,000 last year.

Send news and announcements to outdoors@newsobserver.com.

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