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new shrimp regulations = a long battle

Opposition grows to proposed shrimping regulations.

Opposed by North Carolina fishermen who fear it will destroy their livelihood, the new regulations approved by the NC Marine Fisheries Commission are facing widespread criticism from towns and citizens in coastal North Carolina. Writing for the Outer Banks Voice, Sam Walker explores the regulations that scientists question, but one environmental group supports.

Shrimp fleet at docks in Oriental on the Pamlico Sound.

Shrimp fleet at docks in Oriental on the Pamlico Sound.

“Now that the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has accepted a petition for new rules that could limit shrimp trawling in coastal waters, the overall process could take until sometime in 2018 to complete and includes an economic study at taxpayers’ expense.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s request asked the state to designate waters in the sounds and 3 miles into the ocean as primary nursery areas for various species starting Jan. 1, 2018.”

 

Is the science questionable in proposed shrimping regulations? Read the rest of the story on the Outer Banks Voice.

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