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Top Stories This Month Feds propose new limits on cobia to avoid closing fishery Follow OBX News as it happens By Sam Walker Regulators have agreed to recommend changes to cobia limits in federal waters for next year that may prevent another near-debacle like this past summer in management of the popular fish. If approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the new regulations from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council developed at their meeting last week in Myrtle Beach would be implemented in 2017 in waters beyond three miles from shore from Georgia to New York. According to a news release from SAFMC, the changes are designed to help extend the season for recreational and commercial fishermen and help ensure stable fishing opportunities for the migratory stock. Advocates for anglers and charter captains expressed satisfaction with the compromise but cautioned that there may be other restrictions adopted by individual states. “The regulations for cobia in federal waters that were passed 7-to-6 last week at the SAFMC meeting were a direct result of the fishing community’s engagement in fisheries management,” said Southern Shores resident Billy Gorham, who owns Bowed Up Lures. The SAFMC recommended that the recreational bag limit be cut to one fish per person, per day, with a vessel limit of six, and the recreational minimum size limit increased to 36 inches measured from the tip of the mouth to where the tail begins to split, known as the fork length. A commercial trip limit of two fish per person per day, with no more than six fish per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive, would also be established. “We’ve worked diligently, looking at various combinations of changes to bag limits, vessel limits and size limits, to help maximize fishing opportunities and to have new regulations in place in time for next year’s season,” said SAFMC Chairperson Michelle Duval, a staff member with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries representing the state on a variety of management councils at the federal level. The recreational fishery for Atlantic cobia in federal waters closed on June 20 during the peak cobia season off the Outer Banks and Virginia, where a majority of landings occur during the summer. That affected private anglers and charter captains targeting the species offshore, and rankled politicians at the state and federal levels. North Carolina’s Marine Fisheries Commission decided to delay a full closure in state waters until Sept. 30 this year, and put in place a labyrinth of policies for the species. They increased the recreational minimum for cobia in state waters to 37 inches, fork length. And a series of complicated rules were added that included how the fish are caught, determining how many can be kept and what day fisherman can keep them. Federal regulators said the early closure for 2016 was required because the recreational annual catch limit had been exceeded in 2015. Current measures call for a shortened season the subsequent year. Public hearings were held in recent months up and down the southeast coast. Proponents of keeping the fishery opened questioned the science behind the rules and laid out the economic fallout. “Overall, this effort started over six month ago, took attending over two dozen meetings from Cocoa Beach to Washington D.C., dozens of e-mails, hours of research, which included over 4,000 pages of documents,” Gorham said. “It is vital to give credit to the local community, the charter fleet from Hatteras, Oregon Inlet, Pirates Cove, Wanchese, pier anglers in North Carolina and recreational and for-hire captains in Virginia.” Gorham also said donations by local fishing legend Larry Gary were key in allowing a number of supporters to make it to the meetings up and down the coast. to allow additional management flexibility, according to the news release. Gorham said all the effort put into protecting the cobia fishery was about more than just being able to catch the fish best known for its strong fight and tasty meat. “Many people travel here just to cobia fish in early spring via boat and mid- to late summer from the piers,” Gorham said. “I’ve spent more time on this than my master’s degree, and the biggest thank you I get is seeing younger generations catching their first cobia after the June 20th closure date. “The fight is not over, and we hope those who did not get as involved see how being part of the process, even if it is just assisting in travel costs, benefits all.” INTRODUCING THE NEW FLEX PACK Add Additional Flex Channel Packs! Create Your Own TV Package Call 1-800-364-8160 All offers require credit qualification and 24-month commitment and early termination fee with eAutoPay. Offer ends 11/3/16. Call for details. Gorham said Virginia’s Marine Resources Commission played a big role in uniting with North Carolina fishermen on the plan, and that it also allows the states to set limits more in line with their peak seasons. “A major part in raising the minimum length to 36 inches was to give cobia another year to spawn,” Gorham said. “This is important because of what we have felt was a flawed stock assessment that claims cobia may become over fished. Adding an additional year should greatly help.” “As many fish has he has landed, he could have called it quits, but he didn’t and has stepped up to ensure this generation and the next can have fair and equal access to the resource,” Gorham said. Duval said a new cobia subpanel to the council’s Mackerel Cobia Advisory Panel will allow more input and expertise from fishermen on cobia management, Duval added. The council is also working with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to develop a complementary plan but I’m never alone. 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Follow OBX News as it happens Watercolor Society Of NC Brings More Than Color To OBX Watercolorists from across the state will travel to Manteo October 8-14 for the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 71st statewide convention and exhibit. The Dare County Arts Council is collaborating with the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series to bring this event to the Outer Banks. “Not only will our partnership with the Dare County Arts Council bring great art and artists to our region, it will provide funding and supplies for the art program in our local schools,” said President of the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series John Tucker. This event enables Dare County Arts Council to bring $5,000 in art supplies to Dare County middle and high schools through grants from Cheap Joe’s Arts Stuff and the Watercolor Society of NC. “The Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff of Boone, NC are most honored to award seven Dare County teachers with equal shares of the $5,000 Cheap Joe’s Arts in Education Grant this year. The winners are: Martha Butcher (First Flight Elementary), Holly Humphlett (Manteo High), Mari Beth LaRose (Manteo Elementary), Cynthia Mansfield (Manteo Middle), Jillion Schuler (Manteo Elementary and Manteo High), Jennifer Stewart (First Flight Middle), and Cindy Wise (Nags Head Elementary),” said WSNC Art in Education Chair CoraMae Pipkin. Additionally, the Watercolor Society of North Carolina will provide free tuition for one Dare County art teacher to take a watermedia workshop with some of the state’s best artists. This scholarship includes a $500 cash reimbursement to the teacher’s school to pay for a substitute teacher and WSNC and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff will provide all of the supplies needed for workshop participation. “WSNC believes art teachers deserve an opportunity to expand his/her own skills and experiences while finding new ways to inspire young minds to be creative and develop into our new generation of visual artists. This year, the scholarship winner is Cindy Wise of Nags Head Elementary,” said Three charged after numerous break-ins on Hatteras Island By Rob Morris A suspect who was already facing charges for house break-ins at the beginning of the year was arrested leaving Hatteras Island Tuesday with two other men after reports of vehicle break-ins in Rodanthe. Sheriff’s deputies received a description of a vehicle that the three men might have been using and pulled it over near the Bodie Island Lighthouse on N.C. 12, according to a statement from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office. The driver had been identified as a suspect in numerous cases in January of breaking and entering in Roadnthe, Waves and Salvo in which items such as flat-screen televisions were taken. Deputies had intended to obtain z warrant in those cases this week. Authorities are still receiving reports of homes and vehicle break-ins, the statement said. Arrested were: Jerry Lee Smyth Jr., 28, of Tyner on several charges related to the January break-ins — three counts of felony second-degree burglary; three Top Stories This Month counts of felony attempted second-degree burglary; four counts felony breaking and/or entering; four counts of felony larceny; two counts of felony attempted larceny; and two counts of felony possession of stolen property. In connection with the vehicle break-ins, he has been charged with misdemeanor aiding and abetting larceny from a motor vehicle; felony conspiracy to break and/or enter a motor vehicle; and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun. He was being held in lieu of $120,000 bond. Kentre Lamar Dillard, 22, of Hertford on charges of misdemeanor larceny from a motor vehicle and felony breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle. He was being held in lieu of $16,000 bond. Shandez Yamon Williams, 19, of Edenton on charges of misdemeanor larceny from a motor vehicle; felony breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle; and misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one half of an ounce. He was being held in lieu of #12,000 bond. Get an extra $15 off plus FREE SHIPPING Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 29 Their Price Crestor TM $ 794.70 Typical US Brand Price for 20mg x 90 Our Price Rosuvastatin * $ 78.30 Generic equivalent of Crestor TM Generic price for for 20mg x 90 Pipkin. Viagra TM $ 2011.91 Typical US Brand Price for 100mg x 40 The Outer Banks community is invited to the Dare County Arts Council Gallery on Sunday, October 9 from 2-4pm for the WSNC juried exhibition’s opening reception. 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