The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking input from the public on potential management strategies for Amendment 2 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.
Fishermen and other stakeholders can attend a scoping meeting from 6-8 pm, Monday, Jan. 13 at the DMF office in Morehead to provide comment on the development of Amendment 2.
A news release from DMF states, “The amendment will examine management strategies to further reduce bycatch of non-target species in the shrimp trawl fishery and potential changes to existing shrimp management strategies.”
The amendment is in the scoping stage, which is the first phase of development. Once feedback is received, DMF will create a draft of the amendment and release it for public comment.
DMF has identified the following management issues and strategies related to the development of Amendment 2:
Bycatch Reduction–Effort Control
- Adding additional day(s) of the week for closure
- Creating closed seasons in internal coastal waters (estuarine) and the Atlantic Ocean (0‐3 miles)
- Headrope reductions
Bycatch Reduction–Area Restrictions
- Closing additional areas to shrimp trawling (such as bycatch hotspots)
- Develop migration corridors and close them to shrimp trawling
Shrimp Management–Size Restrictions
- Eliminate shrimp management by size
- Adjust target opening sizes
- Closing critical fish habitat areas to shrimp trawls
Those who cannot attend the meeting can provide written comments through an online form or by mail: Shrimp Amendment 2 Scoping Comments, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC, 28557.
Comments must be submitted or postmarked by 5 pm, Jan. 21.