AN ACT TO REPEAL THE REQUIREMENT THAT A HOLDER OF A FOR‑HIRE COASTAL RECREATIONAL FISHING LICENSE SUBMIT A LOGBOOK SUMMARIZING CATCH AND EFFORT STATISTICAL DATA, TO DIRECT THE DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES TO STUDY THE ADVISABILITY OF REQUIRING THE SUBMISSION OF CATCH AND EFFORT STATISTICAL DATA; TO FORBID THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES FROM ENTERING INTO A JOINT ENFORCEMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE; AND TO DIRECT THE DIVISION OF MARINE FISHERIES TO STUDY THE JOINT ENFORCEMENT AGREEMENT.
Amends GS 113-174.3(e) to make it voluntary for a for-hire commercial recreational fishing license holder to submit to the Division of Marine Fisheries (Division) in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources logbooks summarizing catch and effort statistical data (previously, the submission of logbooks was required).
Amends Section 14.8(ab) of SL 2013-360 to establish that the effective date for the above change to a voluntary submission of logbooks is effective January 1, 2016.
Requires the Division, prior to the implementation of the logbook requirements, to conduct a 12-month implementation process to include input from stakeholders and public workshops to provide education for those subject to the requirement. The process must also include the establishment of a stakeholder advisory group, as specified. Requires the Division to review and provide written responses to issues raised by the advisory group as well as to report to the Environmental Review Commission no later than January 15, 2016, concerning the implementation process as required above.
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