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Advisory committees recommend denying shrimp trawling limitations

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Published: Jan. 17, 2017 at 10:32 AM EST
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Five advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission met Tuesday to contemplate a petition on restrictions to shrimp trawling.

The Division of Marine Fisheries announced Tuesday evening that all advisory committees voted to recommend the Marine Fisheries Commission deny the petition for limitations.

Marine Fisheries will make the final decision in February at a separate meeting in Wilmington.

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Shrimpers anchored in New Bern ahead of a meeting that could lead to commercial shrimp trawling restrictions in the state.

Five advisory committees to the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet jointly at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

The committee members will discuss a petition was filed by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation that would designate fishing waters in the sounds and three miles into the ocean as primary nursery areas to protect habitats for juvenile fish. Another change would be to limit the days and hours when shrimp trawling is allowed.

Commercial fishermen say the proposed regulations would further threaten the shrimping business in North Carolina. Some 20 trawlers are already anchored off Union Point Park to protest the possible restrictions.

The full commission will vote on the petition at its February meeting.