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Archive for August, 2012

Dalton touts plan for workforce of the future’

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The Democratic nominee for governor used the state’s early college high school program to tout what he said is one of the most important issues in the race to lead the state.

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NOAA briefly opens red snapper fishing in South Atlantic

Monday, August 27th, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (NEWS RELEASE) — NOAA Fisheries today approved an emergency action to temporarily open recreational and commercial red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic region – federal waters off North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida’s east coast.

The recreational season will open for two consecutive weekends of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from September 14 through 16 and 21 through 23. During the recreational season, anglers may keep one fish per person per day with no size limit. The 2012 recreational catch limit is 9,399 fish.

The commercial season will open for seven days, from September 17 through 23. During the commercial season, the daily trip limit is 50 pounds, gutted weight, with no size limit. The 2012 commercial catch limit is 20,818 pounds.

“I’m glad to see this opening. Closing this fishery in 2010 was a difficult decision for the South Atlantic Council to make, and certainly a sacrifice for the fishermen,” said Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries. “I hope this is just the beginning of great red snapper fishing in the South Atlantic and I applaud the council’s efforts.”

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries closed the red snapper fishery on January 4, 2010, to protect the population from too much fishing pressure and to allow the number of fish to increase.

The South Atlantic Council recommended opening the fishery this year after new scientific information projected the population will continue to improve, even with some allowable catch. Opening this fishery supports recreational and commercial fishing jobs and businesses.

The South Atlantic Council is working on a long-term plan to allow for some catches of red snapper as the population continues to grow. Data collected during annual openings for red snapper fishing will also be used in the next population assessment, scheduled to begin in 2014.

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Clash of the regulators burdens small N.C. credit unions

Monday, August 27th, 2012

An experiment in transparency by state regulators has led to a contentious dispute with a federal agency.

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Officials, public to talk details about Military Cutoff extension

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Tuesday evening, the N.C. DOT will hold a public hearing at the Northeast Regional Library.

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Irene’s legacy on NC Outer Banks remains with road

Monday, August 27th, 2012

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

PEA ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, NC (AP) — A year after Hurricane Irene and the storm’s only visual remnant on the road linking most of North Carolina’s Outer Banks to the mainland is a prefab bridge crossing a breach scoured between Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic.

But big changes could be coming for NC Highway 12 before the next big storm arrives that again raise questions about safety, the environment and aesthetics on Hatteras Island.

The state Transportation Department wants to elevate 5 miles of NC 12 within the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and north of Rodanthe, raising the road of pilings to more than 30 feet in some locations. These are separate from the impending construction of the Bonner Bridge replacement over Oregon Inlet.

Environmental groups say the bridges are temporary bandages on an eroding island.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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