Division of Marine Fisheries announces scoping period for spotted seatrout

Seatrout. [chesapeakebay.net]

The Division of Marine Fisheries is developing Amendment 1 to the N.C. Spotted Seatrout Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The division will hold a public scoping period March 13 to 24 to solicit input on potential management strategies for the upcoming amendment and discuss stakeholder priorities. Scoping is the best opportunity for the public to inform the plan.

A scoping document outlining the 2022 benchmark stock assessment results and potential management strategies can be found on the division website under Information on Spotted Seatrout FMP Amendment 1. The stock assessment indicates overfishing is occurring in the fishery. The primary management strategies under consideration for Amendment 1 are sustainable harvest and reducing recreational release mortality in the spotted seatrout fishery.

Beginning March 13, the public may provide feedback through an online form available on the Information on Spotted Seatrout FMP Amendment 1 webpage or submit written comments through the mail to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Spotted Seatrout Scoping, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. March 24, 2023.

Below are the meeting dates and locations. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. The March 14 meeting will also be available for public participation by web conference.

March 14 March 16 March 21 March 23
McKimmon Conference and Training Center
at NC State

1101 Gorman St.

Raleigh, NC 27606


Attend via web conference


Camden County Center

120 N Carolina Hwy 343 S

Camden, NC 27921

New Bern-Craven County Public Library

400 Johnson St.

New Bern, NC 28560

Cape Fear
Community College

411 N. Front St.

Wilmington, NC 28401

Division staff will give a short presentation, and then the public will have the opportunity to provide comment. Following the public comment period, attendees will get time to discuss subject matter concerns directly with species leads in small groups. Stakeholder comments and concerns will be considered in developing management strategies and management measures in Amendment 1.