By Sandy Semans Ross | Outer Banks Voice on September 26, 2017
The 20th anniversary of the Fisheries Reform Act is this year and the Outer Banks Catch will host an anniversary summit to revisit the creation of the State’s first-ever comprehensive fisheries management structure set into law.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Washington Civic Center in Washington, NC on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 and a light lunch will be provided. Preregistration and a $10 fee is required. To register, go to events at www.outerbankscatch.com.
Panelists comprised of a cross section of individuals who worked on different aspects of developing and then implementing recommendations that are the basis for the act will share their insights into the development of the Act which has been heralded by other states as being the gold standard for fisheries management legislation.
In addition, a panel of scientists will discuss emerging issues such as changes in environmental conditions such as warming waters that weren’t envisioned at the time of creation.
The last panel of the day will discuss if now, 20 years later, is it still standing the test of time or does it need tweaking or if changes made to the act over the last two decades should be rolled back to the Act’s original intent.
North Carolina Coastal Federation Director Todd Miller will moderate the discussions.
After each panel’s presentation, there will be a question and answer period. Questions will be submitted in writing.
Panelists include but are not limited to:
In addition, NC Sea Grant, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership will provide exhibits and information about water quality and habitat, and commercial fishing gear.