Commission denies petition to close sounds, rivers to shrimp trawlers

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 17:56 PM.

The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission on Thursday denied a New Bern man’s petition to close North Carolina’s sounds and rivers to shrimp trawlers.

Several hundred commercial fishermen attended Thursday’s meeting in Raleigh to oppose the measure; that’s in addition to a crowd of nearly 700 that gathered at a July meeting in New Bern.

The hubbub over the measure raises the question: How did one man’s petition get this far?

“Anyone can request a petition be heard by the Marine Fisheries Commission,” said Commissioner Chuck Laughridge.

That right was granted by the Fisheries Reform Act of 1997, he said.

And Laughridge think it’s a good policy.

“These fisheries resources belong to everybody, so everybody has the right to participate in the management of them,” he said. 



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