Date: June 28, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Marine Fisheries Commission to Discuss Petition to
Prohibit Inshore Trawling
MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet Friday to consider a petition for rulemaking that effectively would prohibit trawling in North Carolina’s internal coastal waters.
The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Doubletree by Hilton (formerly the Sheraton), 2717 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. The meeting room doors will not open to the public until 12:30 p.m. Public comments will be limited to three minutes per person.
The petition, submitted Thursday by Tim Hergenrader, asks the commission to adopt a rule that makes North Carolina’s internal coastal waters permanent secondary nursery areas, unless they are currently designated as primary nursery areas or special secondary nursery areas.
A Marine Fisheries Commission rule prohibits the use of trawl nets in secondary nursery areas.
Under state law, the commission has 120 days from the date a formal petition for rulemaking is submitted to either grant or deny the petition. If the commission grants the petition, it will begin a rulemaking process which will include fiscal analysis, notice of text in the state register, a public comment period and at least one public hearing.
A copy of the meeting agenda is attached. The petition for rulemaking can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/june-2013-mfc-briefing-book.
For more information, contact Nancy Fish, division liaison to the Marine Fisheries Commission, at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.