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Marine Recreational Fishing Forum Set for Feb. 16


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Contact:
Scott Baker, 910/962-2492, bakers@uncw.edu
Sara Mirabilio, 252/475-5488, saram@csi.northcarolina.edu
E-Ching Lee, 919/515-9098, eching_lee@ncsu.edu

Posted Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

The 2013 N.C. Marine Recreational Fishing Forum, organized by North Carolina Sea Grant, will be held on Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The event is designed for recreational anglers, fisheries scientists, resource managers, elected and appointed officials, and others with an interest in the latest happenings in North Carolina marine recreational fishing. View the draft agenda.

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"The recreational fishing forum is a unique opportunity to have a discussion outside of the regulatory arena on hot topics of interest to anglers," explains Susan White, Sea Grant executive director. "By working with anglers to identify topics and potential speakers, the forum provides a great opportunity to improve engagement and gather input from the marine recreational fishing community."

Speakers include Brad Gentner, president of Gentner Consulting Group and a former economist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, who will discuss the economics of marine recreational fishing. Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, will hold an hour-long "Ask-a-Director" session.

The agenda also includes topics on regulators' roles and the difference in fish survivability between recreational discards and catch-and-release, as well as updates from a legislative representative.

Those unable to attend will be able to view the forum live — and ask questions — online at tinyurl.com/a36qybz. Viewers will need to use Microsoft Silverlight, available from www.microsoft.com/silverlight, to watch the live stream.

Lunch is provided for attendees, so pre-registration for this free event is required by 5 p.m., Feb. 8. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/recfishforum_reg to register. Although not required, those who wish to view the sessions online are encouraged to register too. Doing so will ensure the receipt of the viewing link and forum follow-up materials.

For the full agenda and more information, visit www.ncseagrant.org/recfishforum.

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