U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service http://wunc.org en Why Do NC Fishermen Want To Pay More To Fund Regulation? http://wunc.org/post/why-do-nc-fishermen-want-pay-more-fund-regulation <p></p><p>A trade group of North Carolina commercial fishermen has proposed that the General Assembly <em>raise</em> their fishing license fees to pay for regulatory measures.</p><p></p><p>Flounder fishermen sometimes get endangered sea turtles caught in their gillnets, so federal law requires that the state hire trained "observers" to check nets regularly. The General Assembly only funded the observer program until next summer, but if there's no observer at all, the state will be required to stop <em>all</em> gillnet fishing.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:58:21 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31309 at http://wunc.org Why Do NC Fishermen Want To Pay More To Fund Regulation? Federal Agency To Protect Sea Turtle Habitat Along NC Coast http://wunc.org/post/federal-agency-protect-sea-turtle-habitat-along-nc-coast <p>Officials with the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a> are estimating the cost of designating special loggerhead sea turtle habitats along the Southeast coast.&nbsp; The federal agency <a href="http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/SeaTurtles/2013_NWA_Loggerhead_CH/20130717_Draft_Economic_Analysis_for_Loggerhead_Proposed_Terrestrial_Critical_Habitat_Revised_06-03-13.pdf">released a draft proposal</a> saying it will cost $150,000 annually to protect areas in North Carolina and five other states.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:15:54 +0000 Gurnal Scott 19211 at http://wunc.org Federal Agency To Protect Sea Turtle Habitat Along NC Coast