The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a public meeting for June 17 to receive public comment on six proposals for changes in the way southern flounder are managed in North Carolina waters.

The meeting will be next Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

At the meeting, members of the public may speak for three minutes each until time runs out. Due to the time constraint, the Commission’s chairman has urged individuals to bring written comments to submit in case the meeting ends before they have an opportunity to speak.

Written comments on options the Commission is considering may be submitted electronically through July 10 to flounder.supplement@ncdenr.gov. Written comments may also be submitted to: Southern Flounder Comments,  c/o Nancy Fish, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557

No oral comments will be accepted outside of the public meeting for this comment period.

The six proposals are part of a draft supplement to the N.C. Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The proposals can be found online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/ under Hot Topics. 

The Commission is scheduled to vote on what management measures to implement at its August business meeting in Raleigh.