Cobia fishing rules changed

In a proclamation on April 9 by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), certain rules concerning recreational and commercial fishing for cobia were changed. Effective May 1, the size limit for cobia will be 36 inches (fork length)

and the possession limit will be one cobia per person per day.

The season for the recreational harvest of cobia will be May 1 to Dec. 31.

Private recreational vessel limits will be two cobia per vessel per day (one if only one person is on board) from May 1-31. From June 1 to Dec. 31, it will be unlawful to possess more than one cobia per vessel per day.

On For-Hire vessels (while engaged in a for-hire vessel operation) from May 1 to Dec. 31 the limit will be four cobia per vessel per day or one cobia per person if fewer than four people are on board.

For commercial fishermen, it will be unlawful to possess cobia less than 33 inches for length. In additional it will be unlawful to possess more than two cobia per person per day or six per vessel per day, whichever is more restrictive.

Commercial and recreational limits of cobia may not be possessed on the same vessel.

More information is available from the NCDMF at 252-726-7021, 800-682-2632 or online at www.ncmarinefisheries.net.

Inshore Trail tournament on tap

The Neuse River “Fisher of Men” Inshore Trail, a non-profit fishing tournament whose goals are to provide a gospel message and healthy outdoor recreation will host a tournament on March 23 on the Neuse River and its tributaries. Launch and

weigh-in will be at Lawson Creek Park in New Bern.

Competition will be for a “Neuse River Slam” (striped bass, puppy drum, flounder and speckled trout) with cash prizes for the top finishers. There are special categories for youth. For information, phone Capt. Brian Saunders at 252-626-6006 or Todd Willis at 252-745-0708.

Greenwing event scheduled

The Carteret County Ducks Unlimited will host a Greenwing Day on Sunday, May 18 at Munden Farms in Morehead City. Youth age 17 and under are invited to come and enjoy a variety of fun activities from 1 to 4 p.m., including fishing,

archery, retriever demonstrations, NCDU Lasershot and more. A $17 ticket ($20 the day of the event) will include all activities, as well as lunch, a year’s membership in Ducks Unlimited, DU magazine and a t-shirt (if registered by April 19).

For more information, directions or registration, contact Neal Rowland at 252-241-9680 or cubbiesbft@yahoo.com .

Earth Day activities scheduled

Earth Day is Monday, April 22 and a number of area organizations will be marking it with celebrations and/or planet improvement activities.

Ft. Macon State Park will be the site the Crystal Coastal Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27. Over a dozen organizations will be on site with displays and hands-on activities showcasing their conservation efforts.

From April 19-21, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host Party for the Planet. This year’s theme is “Spring into Action.” There will be displays and activities about some of the conservation success stories and projects

at the aquarium. Visitors can also stop by the “conservation stations” where special crafts and activities will be offered throughout the weekend. The aquarium is also hosting additional Party for the Planet events including a dune grass planting April 22, a beach cleanup May 28 and a marsh grass planting June 8. Activities are free with admission or aquarium membership.

The first Earth Day at Sturgeon City is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 at Sturgeon City and Sturgeon City Park, 50 Court St., Jacksonville. The festival will include food and craft vendors, live animals, activities for kids, yoga

demonstrations and more.

The Surfrider Foundation Bogue Banks Chapter is hosting its second annual Sound Side Sweep from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20. There will be free coffee, free yoga, and a few hours cleaning up the waterway. Folks with boats, kayaks and

paddle boards are encouraged to participate. Bring a reusable water bottle or coffee cup, closed-toe shoes, gloves and sunscreen. For information, look for Surfrider Foundation Bogue Banks Chapter on Facebook.