RALEIGH — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission unanimously denied a petition for rulemaking Thursday at its regular meeting here, the News-Times has learned.
The petition was to re-classify internal coastal waters as secondary nursery areas, which would have banned trawling in those waters.
We'll have more in our print edition and online Friday.
RALEIGH (AP) — A proposal that would ban shrimp boats from trawling in North Carolina's rivers and sounds is before the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission.
The panel meets in Raleigh on Thursday to decide the fate of a petition seeking rules declaring most internal coastal waters as seafood nursery areas off limits to trawlers. The rule would have the effect of stopping most shrimping.
The fishing and seafood industries have hammered the idea in lower-level committees, warning it could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs aboard the shrimp boats and in related businesses.
Supporters blame shrimpers' massive nets for collecting and killing millions of fish in the inshore waters where juvenile sea creatures grow up.
A report on the commission's action will be online and in the Friday edition of the News-Times.