Commercial Fishing http://wunc.org en Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet http://wunc.org/post/bill-would-create-fund-buy-oregon-inlet <p></p><p></p><p>A new bill introduced in the North Carolina Senate would allow the state to offer to buy or trade the federal government for the Oregon Inlet.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Interior took over ownership of the waterway in 1958. It charges the Army Corps of Engineers with dredging there -- being that it's an important access point for commercial fishermen and boat builders.</p><p></p><p>But state Representative Bill Cook said the feds rarely put up enough money to manage shoaling in the Oregon Inlet.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:46:12 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35817 at http://wunc.org Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet Fishermen Speak Out At Public Forum On Game Fish Bill http://wunc.org/post/fishermen-speak-out-public-forum-game-fish-bill <p></p><p>A controversial House bill that would cut off commercial catching of certain types of fish was the subject of public debate Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Lawmakers would reclassify red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as game fish - only caught by recreational fishermen - if <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2013&amp;DocNum=4150&amp;SeqNum=0">House Bill 983</a> becomes law.</p><p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 11:10:10 +0000 Gurnal Scott 14901 at http://wunc.org Fishermen Speak Out At Public Forum On Game Fish Bill Bay Scallop Harvesting Resumes After 7-Year Moratorium http://wunc.org/post/bay-scallop-harvesting-resumes-after-7-year-moratorium <p></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time since 2006, f</span>ishermen along North Carolina's southeastern coast can go after bay scallops in Bogue Sound. &nbsp;A moratorium on the mollusks has been lifted in that area and the inner coastal waters to the South Carolina line. &nbsp;The state imposed the ban because of declining populations seven years ago.</div><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:50:45 +0000 Eric Hodge 8988 at http://wunc.org Bay Scallop Harvesting Resumes After 7-Year Moratorium Oregon Inlet Clogged, Dredging in Limbo http://wunc.org/post/oregon-inlet-clogged-dredging-limbo <p>Dredging crews are set to survey the Oregon Inlet again this morning after they suspended operations due to shallow waters. Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers say strong winds brought more sand into the inlet last week. That prevents crews from using their side-casting dredge. Bob Sattin is the cheif operator for the Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington:</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Will Michaels 6214 at http://wunc.org Another Wave of Pelican Deaths Hits the Coast http://wunc.org/post/another-wave-pelican-deaths-hits-coast <p></p><p>Dead and injured pelicans are washing up on North Carolina shores. Around 20 dead birds were found on North Topsail Beach earlier this month. Many had severely broken wings. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:00:00 +0000 WUNC News 7124 at http://wunc.org Another Wave of Pelican Deaths Hits the Coast Invasive Shrimp Species on the Rise in NC http://wunc.org/post/invasive-shrimp-species-rise-nc <p></p><p>Scientists are keeping a close eye on North Carolina's shrimp population as fishermen see more of an invasive species known as tiger shrimp. Fishermen have reported catching more than 200 this season. That's up from an average of 10 to 20 since 2008. James Morris is an ecologist with NOAA's Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort. He says more tiger shrimp could mean a smaller catch for North Carolina's traditional shrimpers. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 21:05:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7196 at http://wunc.org Invasive Shrimp Species on the Rise in NC