News and events for and about commercial fishermen

By on May 20, 2018


Charter industry requests representation
The North Carolina Watermen United has requested that Gov. Roy Cooper appoint two charter/head boat/commercial participants to the Marine Fisheries Commission.

The request asks that fishermen who are operators of either charter or head boats and also commercially fish be given representation on the board.

That, states NCWU, would balance out the board since the new designated seats would have a financial interest in both the recreational and commercial sectors.

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To read the entire letter, Click here »:

Shrimp trawl gear changes coming
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted during its meeting in New Bern last week to impose new rules for shrimp trawls.

A bycatch reduction study resulted in a suite of different gear changes that can reduce bycatch by 40 percent without significantly impacting shrimp catch.

The Division of Marine Fisheries director will choose one of the option presented and issue a proclamation that will make the changes mandatory for all boats with more than a 90-foot headrope. The effective date will be July 1, 2019.

For more information about the changes, Click here »:

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Seafood Lobby Day
The NC Fisheries Association will host Seafood Lobby Day in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 23. Participants will gather in the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones Street in Raleigh.

There will be scheduled rolling breakout sessions with legislators throughout the morning to encourage group discussions between legislators and fishermen as they arrive from the coast.

The first session will begin at 9 a.m., then 9:45 a.m., then 10:30 a.m., and, if needed, 11:15. Those attending will hear from legislators and then proceed to visit with their respective representative and senator before meeting with other legislators.

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Legislative Seafood Dinner
The NC Watermen United will host a seafood dinner for legislators in Raleigh on Wednesday, May 23. In addition to a great meal, the Raleigh premier of the Working Watermen Project exhibit will be during the dinner.

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