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Panels to Consider Fishing Resource Funding

The North Carolina Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee and the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee are expected to review and vote on recurring funding opportunities from the Commercial Fishing Resource Fund when they meet this month in Beaufort County.

The committees’ joint meeting is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 19 at the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.

The Commercial Fishing Resource Fund receives money from an increase in commercial fishing license fees that took effect in 2015. It pays for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations under incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon under the federal Endangered Species Act. Any additional money left in the fund is to be used for projects to develop and support sustainable commercial fishing in the state.

Spending for the projects must be approved by the Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee, which is made up of six commercial fishing representatives, and the Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee, comprised of members of the commission holding the three commercial fishing seats.

For more information, contact William Brantley with the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Administrative Services Office at 252-808-8004 or

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