N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission
To be announced
Save the date! The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is scheduled to meeting Feb. 23-25 at a location to be announced. The meeting agenda is forthcoming.
The Marine Fisheries Commission, or MFC, is a nine-member board appointed by the Governor. The commission manages marine and estuarine resources under its jurisdiction by adopting rules and policies, implementing management measures for fisheries and advising the State on marine fisheries within the jurisdiction of regional and federal boards and councils.
The commission typically holds four business meetings a year, but may hold additional meetings if necessary. Three of the annual meetings are held in the coastal regions, with the fourth typically held in a central location. For the commission to conduct business there must be at least five of the nine members present, with at least one recreational member and one commercial member.
All Marine Fisheries Commission meetings are open to the public. You may attend in person, when possible, or virtually online. To provide comments for MFC consideration, you may complete an online form, submit comments by U.S. Mail or register to speak during the public comment period during the meeting.
The membership, appointments, terms and ethical standards for the MFC are set out in G.S. 143B-289.54. The MFC is composed of commercial and recreational fishermen, commercial fishing industry and sport fishing industry representatives, a scientist , and two “at-large” members. To see the internal operating procedures of the commission, please see the 2013 Bylaws.
In support of the MFC’s responsibilities, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries conducts management, enforcement, research, monitoring, statistics, and licensing programs to provide information on which to base decisions on rule making. The Department of Environmental Quality is the parent agency of the Marine Fisheries Commission and the Division of Marine Fisheries.
Learn more about the Marine Fisheries Commission.