Commercial Fishing

Law
9:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet

NC Rep. Bill Cook is sponsoring legislation that creates a fund to buy the Oregon Inlet from the federal government.
Credit Vbofficial / Wikipedia

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.

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.

But state Representative Bill Cook said the feds rarely put up enough money to manage shoaling in the Oregon Inlet.

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Business & Economy
7:10 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Fishermen Speak Out At Public Forum On Game Fish Bill

Red Drum caught near Brant Island Shoals in the Pamlico Sound, NC
Credit Flickr user, creative commons

A controversial House bill that would cut off commercial catching of certain types of fish was the subject of public debate Monday.   Lawmakers would reclassify red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as game fish - only caught by recreational fishermen - if House Bill 983 becomes law.

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Business & Economy
9:50 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Bay Scallop Harvesting Resumes After 7-Year Moratorium

Sorting the scallop catch
Credit www.fishwatch.gov

For the first time since 2006, fishermen along North Carolina's southeastern coast can go after bay scallops in Bogue Sound.  A moratorium on the mollusks has been lifted in that area and the inner coastal waters to the South Carolina line.  The state imposed the ban because of declining populations seven years ago.

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Environment
10:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Inlet Clogged, Dredging in Limbo

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:

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Another Wave of Pelican Deaths Hits the Coast

Injured pelican
Credit Toni O'Neil

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.

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Environment
4:05 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Invasive Shrimp Species on the Rise in NC

Asian Tiger Shrimp
Credit James Morris/NOAA

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.

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