SaltwaterCentral

Register for FREE to Use our Offshore Fishing Resources
Select State -
Staff Online:Instant Message Site Admin David_PaffFind all forum posts by David_PaffDavid_Paff
SaltwaterCentral
SaltwaterCentral
SaltwaterCentral
January 22, 2018 10:40 am EST
Location: 33.436N 77.743W
Wind Dir: SSE (160°)
Wind Speed: 4 knots
Wind Gust: 4 knots
AT Ps: 30.22 in (1023.2 mb)
Air Temp: 68°F (19.8°C)
Dew Point: 58°F (14.3°C)
Water Temp: 69°F (20.5°C)

SaltwaterCentral
There are currently 400 Guests and 77 Members online NOW!


MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries closed all coastal and joint waters to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest at 3 p.m. today due to widespread cold stun events.

Cold stuns are natural events that occur when there is a sudden drop in water temperature or prolonged periods of cold weather that makes the fish sluggish. Many fish will die from the cold. Others fall prey to birds and other predators. Studies suggest that cold stun events can have a significant impact on spotted seatrout populations.

The division has confirmed significant spotted seatrout cold stun events in six water bodies from Surf City to Manteo. The division is still receiving and verifying more cold stun reports and collecting associated environmental data. These efforts will continue regardless of the closure so that the division may evaluate the magnitude of the cold stun event for use in future stock assessments.

Under the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan, if a significant cold stun event occurs, the Division of Marine Fisheries will close all spotted seatrout harvests until the spring. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission automatically closes spotted seatrout season in inland waters when it closes in adjacent coastal waters.

The intent of the closure is to allow the fish that survive the cold stun event the chance to spawn in the spring before harvest reopens. Peak spawning occurs in May.

The spotted seatrout season will remain closed until June 15, when it will reopen by proclamation.

Commercial seafood dealers have until Friday, Jan. 12 to dispose of unfrozen spotted seatrout in their possession that was caught prior to the closure.

For more specifics on the closure in coastal waters, see Proclamation FF-1-2018.

Fishermen should continue to report any cold stun events they see in coastal waters.

To report a cold stun event or for more information, contact division spotted seatrout biologist Steve Poland at 252-808-8159 or Steve.Poland@ncdenr.gov.

Last 30 North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Articles

Public hearing rescheduled for Feb. 28

BLACK SEA BASS RECREATIONAL PURPOSES-NORTH OF CAPE HATTERAS

Marine Fisheries Commission accepting public comment on proposed changes to...

Waters close to commercial and recreational spotted seatrout harvest

GILL NETS ATLANTIC OCEAN SEASONAL MAXIMUM MESH SIZE EXCEPTIONS

RED SNAPPER REOPEN LIMITED SEASON

BLACK SEA BASS COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Nov. 15-16

Marine Fisheries Commission Nominating Committee meeting set

STRIPED BASS RECREATIONAL SEASON CENTRAL SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT AREAThis proclama





N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Aug. 16-17 in Raleigh

RE: BLACK SEA BASS COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS ATLANTIC OCEAN NORTH OF

State Marine Fisheries Commission to meet Feb. 15-16 in Wilmington

Fisheries commission extends deadline for comments on N.C. Wildlife Federation p

Amendment to petition for rulemaking modifies proposals to limit headrope lengt

Public hearing scheduled on proposed shellfish leases in New Hanover County

Shrimp Bycatch Reduction Industry Workgroup to meet

New blue crab pot escape ring regulations take effect Jan. 15

State certifies new state record for pigfish

State certifies new record skipjack tuna

Marine Fisheries to hold public meeting on proposed new reef near Oregon Inlet

Marine Fisheries adds public comment to Joint Law Enforcement Agreement Advisory

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday

State marine fisheries agency to memorialize former artificial reef coordinator

STRIPED BASS SEASON COMMERCIAL FISHING OPERATIONS ALBEMARLE SOUND MANAGEMENT

Marine Fisheries Nominating Committee and Marine Fisheries Commission to meet v

Fisheries Commission lowers cobia bag limit, proposes lower oyster harvest limi

Trip Limit Decreased to 500 Pounds per Trip for Commercial Harvest of Vermilion

Cultch planting meetings scheduled

2015- 2016 OYSTER RESTRICTIONS-OYSTER DREDGING CLOSURE