July 3, 2013
UPDATE: MFS advisory committees
will meet on shrimp trawling ban
advisory committees to the Marine Fisheries Commission will meet
jointly on Tuesday, July 30, to discuss a petition for rulemaking that
proposes reclassifying most internal coastal waters as secondary
The meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. July 30 at
the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New
Bern. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, public comment will
be limited to three minutes per person.
Shellfish/Crustacean, Habitat and Water Quality and Sea Turtle advisory
committees will be asked to review and comment on whether the state
should reclassify waters as requested in a petition for rulemaking
submitted June 20 by Tim Hergenrader, a New Bern artist.
petition asks the Marine Fisheries 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. The petition states the
primary effect of the proposed rule would be to halt shrimp trawling in
North Carolina inshore waters.
Under state law, the Marine
Fisheries Commission has 120 days from the date a formal petition for
rulemaking is submitted to either grant or deny the petition. The
commission is expected to vote on the petition at its August 28-30
meeting in Raleigh.
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.
Public comment will not be taken on
this petition for rulemaking at any Shrimp Fishery Management Plan
Advisory Committee meeting because the matter falls outside of the
For more information, contact Nancy Fish, division liaison to the Marine Fisheries Commission, at 252-808-8021 or [email protected].