CITY OF PLUS-HEAD – Residents of Carteret County and others may soon have the opportunity to comment on a proposed amendment to the state’s coastal habitat protection plan.
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet via web conference on Wednesday and Thursday, August 25-26. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on August 25 and 9 a.m. on August 26. The agenda includes an overview of the proposed 2021 CHPP amendment, after which the committee is to vote on sending it for public review and by an advisory committee.
The public can listen to the meeting by phone or online. For links to join the meeting, visit deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/marine-fisheries/marine-fisheries-commission/marine-fisheries-commission-meetings.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality CHPP steering committee wants to promote better environmental protection and stormwater management through the plan. The committee met virtually on August 3 and unanimously sent a set of recommended changes to MFC, as well as the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission and the Environmental Management Commission of North Carolina.
Measures recommended in the CHPP project include research and incentives to support living riparian projects, educating stormwater licensees on the rules and maintenance required for stormwater control measures and the search for alternative sanitation systems for coastal conditions.
Other items on MFC’s August agenda include:
Â· Adopt the timetable for the five-year fisheries management plan.
Â· Establish the annual cap on the number of commercial fishing licenses available in the eligibility pool.
Â· Approval of the text notice to start the re-adoption process of 109 rules and give final approval for the re-enactment of nine rules into the statutes of the funding state of a mandatory periodic review schedule.
Â· Discussion and possibly vote on further development of options to modify the rules for small mesh gillnets.
Â· Election of a vice-president.
Â· Receive a presentation on the division’s annual inventory summary report.
Â· Hearing of an update on the development of amendment 3 of the management plan for the southern plaice fishery.
Public comments will be accepted at 6 p.m. during the August 25 meeting, and a 30-minute public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting on August 26. Those wishing to speak during any of the comment periods are required to pre-register by 5 p.m. on August 23.
Written public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on August 23 via an online form. Commentators can submit comments online on the website deq.nc.gov/marine-fisheries-commission-comment-form-august-2021-meeting.
Written comments can also be mailed to the August 2021 Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Comments, PO Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557. Comments must be received by the Division by 5:00 p.m. on August 23. .
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