Marine Fisheries Panel in Disarray Ahead of Quarterly Meeting

By SANDY SEMANS ROSS Just as the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission convenes on Wednesday for its quarterly meeting in Raleigh, there has been a complete turnover of the panel’s commercial fishing members. By statute, the nine-member board must include three members representing the commercial industry. Sammie Corbett and Alison Willis, both of whom have served […] Fishing |  Full Article

New Shrimping Rules Slowly Migrate Through Sea of Bureaucracy

By Sandy Semans Ross OUTER BANKS VOICE Almost two years after it surfaced, a proposal to radically curtail commercial shrimping is crawling through the state’s rule-making process. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation petitioned the Marine Fisheries Commission for the new rules in November 2016, and after modifications, the panel accepted the request on Feb. 16, […] Fishing |  Full Article

Reeling In History: Documenting The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act

An oral history project funded by North Carolina Sea Grant and the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science captured the voices of those involved in the 1997 N.C. Fisheries Reform Act. The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act significantly changed the fisheries management process in North Carolina. Before the act, there were no […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article

Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge is hospitalized By IRENE NOLAN

Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge was transported to Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, Va., last night, where he is undergoing treatment and tests. This afternoon, Sandy Semans Ross, a spokesperson for the Dare County Democratic Party, confirmed that Judge suffered a heart attack.  No other information on his condition was available. A short message posted […] Local News |  Full Article