Committees reject idea of banning shrimp trawlers from inland waters

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 07:23 PM.

“I don’t want to eat shrimp from Asia,” one woman stated, while fisherman Jeff Hopkins noted that “There’s plenty of untouched water in the sound” that is already closed off as nursery areas.

Jerry Schill, representing an unofficial group he referred to as “Shrimp Defense,” noted that fishermen have made a number of sacrifices in adding devices to their nets that lessen their catch but help protect turtles and other marine life.

Other audience members protested the intrusion of government.

Hal James, a self-proclaimed avid recreational fisherman said that “I think the fishermen of North Carolina can do the right thing without the government taking control.” 



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