The final version of a bill to expand aquaculture and reduce conflicts between shellfish operations and other users of the state’s public waters has cleared the legislature with unanimous support.
The House on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 648, Support Shellfish Aquaculture, 116-0. The Senate approved the measure last week in a 47-0 vote.
The bill sets up enterprise areas and a large-scale lease pilot project in Pamlico Sound with three 50-acre leases.
It was still unclear Thursday morning when the governor would sign the measure into law.