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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 9:31 am

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.

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  • morehood city res posted at 10:01 pm on Sat, Aug 31, 2013.

    morehood city res Posts: 392

    francis, you made too much sense... no one here will understand that. it seems people don't know how to comprimise much these days

  • francis posted at 1:11 pm on Sat, Aug 31, 2013.

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    Grocery stores by from the cheapest provider and sell for what ever the market will bear. Not going to get into the politics behind imported seafood but there is politics a plenty.

    Trawling is the only proven method of catching wild shrimp on a commercial scale. If anyone knows a better way, please speak up. By catch is a problem and everyone knows this. Instead of taking pot shots at each other, figure out a solution. Now, it is true that some of the incidental catch is culled and sold and I am sure some fishermen do plan on it. A certain amount is allowed by the licensing authority, Is trawling a wasteful fishery, you bet. Guess one could say "naughty by nature". The question is once again, how do we fix this? To not at least try, will eventually result in a shutdown. This happened with the New England fisheries several years back. Plenty of folks were hurt and there was a large ripple effect. This is when the importation of seafood from questionable locations began to take off. More politics here.

    I believe we have some of the finest seafood in the world and it would be a darn shame to have this resource denied us. The old military saying "modify and adapt" fits but I would also add the words, "or die off ".

  • John posted at 7:49 pm on Thu, Aug 29, 2013.

    John Posts: 145

    In today's America short term profits rule over everything. That includes the legislators profiting from the contributions of the fishing industry. Somehow I don't think this will stop Food Lion and others from selling seafood that comes from China, Thailand, etc. They're just going to keep wiping out younger fish stocks then whine when they can't get as much shrimp, either.


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