Shrimping industry fights back

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RALEIGH – State Sen. Norm Sanderson and State Sen. Bill Cook have proposed legislation that would forestall – at least temporarily – the implementation of controversial rules designed to drastically curtail shrimp trawling throughout the state. Sanderson and Cook represent districts where economies are heavily dependent upon the annual shrimp harvest.

In a recent interview with the Wilmington Star-News, Sanderson said the results of a bycatch reduction study should be thoroughly evaluated before any rule changes take effect.

The rule change petition, sought by the N.C. Wildlife Federation, was approved in February by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission in a 5 to 3 vote. Representatives of the state’s commercial fishing industry have been adamant that there is no valid science behind the petition.


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The controversy pits the state’s commercial fishing industry against North Carolina’s well-heeled sport fishing interests.



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