Commission denies petition to close sounds, rivers to shrimp trawlers

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

“It came under a single person’s name, but he’s in the CCA,” Pratt said of Hergenrader.

But Hergenrader said he was acting independently of any organized groups and with the backing of just a few friends.

“It’s a small group,” he said.

Hergenrader said it didn’t give him pause to file the petition. “It’s part of the process,” he said.

The commission voted 9-0 against the petition for rulemaking after nearly three hours of public comment and testimony.

Hergenrader filed his petition on June 19, calling for a moratorium on fishing inside the COLREGS line – an internationally agreed upon line that separates the ocean from the sounds and inland waterways.

“Contrary to what some are saying, this petition is not about ending shrimp trawling in North Carolina waters,” he said at the meeting in New Bern. “… It is simply about nursery areas.”



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