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Marine Fisheries - Meetings Set to Discuss Cultch Planting

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021
Date: Dec. 6,  2011

Meetings Set to Discuss Cultch Planting

MOREHEAD CITY - The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold public meetings in December to receive suggestions and comments on cultch planting - where shells and rock are placed to enhance shellfish habitat in potentially productive shellfish areas. Oysters, clams and other aquatic life are attracted to the cultch and will begin to immediately colonize the material.

The division’s Shellfish Rehabilitation staff constantly looks for ways to improve the program, so annual meetings are held to provide fishermen and other interested parties the opportunity to give input regarding planting sites, methods, materials and quantities.  Previously the program only worked with oysters, but has expanded to include clams.

The meetings are set for:

Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m.
Pamlico County Courthouse, Upstairs Courtroom
202 Main St., Bayboro
Contact:  Clay Caroon
(252) 808-8058
Clay.Caroon@ncdenr.gov

Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.
Varnamtown Town Hall
100 Varnamtown Road Southwest, Varnamtown
Contact:   Stephen Taylor
(910) 796-7289
Stephen.Taylor@ncdenr.gov

Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Manteo Field Office
1021 Driftwood Dr., Manteo
Contact:  Greg Allen
(252) 473-1512
Greg.Allen@ncdenr.gov

Monday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m.
Divisions of Marine Fisheries
Ocean Conference Room 
127 Cardinal Dr. Extension, Wilmington
Contact:  Stephen Taylor
(910) 796-7289
Stephen.Taylor@ncdenr.gov

Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
Carteret County Courthouse    
District Court Room
300 Courthouse Square, Beaufort
Contact:  Clay Caroon
(252) 808-8058
Clay.Caroon@ncdenr.gov

Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.
North Topsail Beach Town Hall  
2008 Loggerhead Court, North Topsail Beach
Contact:  Stephen Taylor
(910) 796-7289
Stephen.Taylor@ncdenr.gov

Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
Hyde County Government Center
30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter
Contact:  Clay Caroon
(252) 808-8058
Clay.Caroon@ncdenr.gov

 
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632

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