Shrimping debate continues


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NEW BERN — Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association has invited a speaker on both sides of the controversial issue.

Jerry Schill, President of the North Carolina Fisheries Association, will represent commercial fishermen; and, Donald Willis, Vice President of Coastal Conservation Association in North Carolina and President of the Neuse River Chapter will represent recreational fishermen.

Each man will present an argument for, or against, the NC Wildlife Federation Petition for Rulemaking to designate all coastal fishing waters not already classified as nursery areas as special secondary nursery areas; establish clear criteria for the opening of shrimp season; and define the type of gear and how and when gear may be used in the special secondary nursery areas in season.

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The format of this presentation is designed to explain the petition and primary effects from both points of view, allow questions from the audience, and give those in attendance an opportunity to decide where they stand. The CCTA public meeting will begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the Stanly Hall Ballroom at 305 Pollock Street, downtown New Bern. Note, for easy access there is also an elevator entrance at 249 Craven Street.



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