Discussions to focus on herring, Roanoke
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold public meeting next week for discussion of the recently enacted moratorium on taking and possessing river herring and on fisheries research projects on the Roanoke River.
RIVER HERRING: The meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday will take place the Commissioners' Boardroom at the Brunswick Government Complex in Bolivia.
The moratorium, scheduled to go in effect July 1, will not affect the taking and possessing of river herring this spring.
In a news release, the commission said its decision to place a moratorium on the harvest of migratory, anadromous adult river herring was based on analysis of fisheries data that indicates North Carolina's migratory river herring stocks are severely depleted and near collapse.
The harvest moratorium does not apply to river herring less than 6 inches in length. Stunted herring less than 6 inches are commonly found in lakes and reservoirs and are a favorite bait fish.
ROANOKE RIVER: The commission and the town of Plymouth will conduct a fisheries information meeting at the Vernon James Center at 7 p.m. April 13.
Fisheries biologists will present an overview of projects on the Roanoke River. Topics include management of striped bass, recovery of largemouth bass following Hurricane Isabel and American shad restoration.
For information, call the commission's Division of Inland Fisheries at (919) 707-0220.