MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee will meet jointly with the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Funding Committee at 1 p.m. July 19 at the Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington Regional Office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.
The two committees are scheduled to review and vote on a memorandum of understanding between them regarding the Commercial Fishing Resource Fund.
The committees are also scheduled to review and vote on administrative procedures and a strategic plan for the fund, which receives proceeds from an increase in commercial fishing license sales that began in fiscal 2016.
The fund pays for observer coverage to fulfill the state’s obligations required by incidental take permits for sea turtles and Atlantic sturgeon under the federal Endangered Species Act. Without the incidental take permits, the state’s gill net fisheries must close.
Any additional money from the fund is to be used for projects to develop and support sustainable commercial fishing in the state. Spending from the fund must be approved by the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Funding Committee, which is made up of six commercial fishing representatives.
The Marine Fisheries Commission has delegated its funding decisions to a Marine Fisheries Commission Commercial Fishing Resource Fund Committee comprised of members of the commission holding the three commercial fishing seats.
The meeting is open to the public.
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