Commission denies petition to close sounds, rivers to shrimp trawlers

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:56 PM.

But others suggested the debate was a waste of time.

“It blows my mind, quite frankly, that we can put this much resources” into a single petition, said Elaine Crittenton, a member of the Carteret County Board of Commissioners. “It is unreasonable to expect these fishermen to come and defend their right to earn a living.”

Others in opposition to the measure suggested the petitioner, Tim Hergenrader, was working in concert with organizations such as the Coastal Conservation Association.

“It’s more than just one man,” behind the petition said Chris McCaffity, a commercial fisherman from Morehead City. “He’s just the mouthpiece.”

McCaffity added that commercial fishermen are constantly being called on to defend their industry.

“It’s one thing after another, and it’s bordering on harassment here,” he said.

Terry Pratt, of Bertie County, also suggested the Coastal Conservation Association was involved.

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