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.
House amendment makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Amends the long title.
Deletes all of the substantive provisions of the previous edition and replaces it with the following.
Repeals GS 113-174.3(e), concerning the submission of logbooks for the collection of specified statistical data to the Division of Marine Fisheries (Division) by commercial recreational fishing license holders.
Directs the Division to study the advisability of requiring for-hire coastal recreational fishing license holders to submit logbooks that summarize catch and effort statistical data. Also requires consultation with advisory groups as specified. Requires the Division to submit its report to the Environmental Review Commission no later than January 15, 2016.
Amends GS 113-224, making a technical change.
Makes a conforming repeal of GS 128-1.1(c2).
Requires the Division to conduct a 12-month implementation process to seek input from stakeholders concerning the impacts, costs, and benefits of a joint enforcement agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States Department of Commerce. The process must also include the establishment of a stakeholder advisory group, as specified. Requires the Division to report to the Environmental Review Commission no later than October 15, 2016.
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