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Marine Fisheries - nr-26-2019 Non-Emergency

Marine Fisheries

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Release: IMMEDIATE   
Contact: Megan S. Thorpe
Date: March 14, 2019
Phone: 919-618-0968

Secretary Regan's Statement on Marine Fisheries
Commission's Non-Emergency

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RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael S. Regan issued the following statement on the emergency meeting called by the Marine Fisheries Commission this week:

I am disappointed by the Marine Fisheries Commission calling an emergency meeting with only 48 hours notice for a non-emergency. The Commission used bad judgment in directing the Division of Marine Fisheries Director to take actions that contradict science and the recommendations of the division’s scientists.  I certainly hope this is not a precedent we will see again from this Commission.

The statute empowering the Marine Fisheries Commission to direct issuance of gill net bans in certain areas does not authorize the Secretary or the Department discretion to overturn such a directive.

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