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Shrimpers gather to oppose proposed NC rule change

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A reclassification of  internal coastal water would end shrimp trawling in the inshore waters, which fishermen say is where a bulk of the shrimp in North Carolina is harvested. A reclassification of internal coastal water would end shrimp trawling in the inshore waters, which fishermen say is where a bulk of the shrimp in North Carolina is harvested.
NEW BERN, N.C. -

A small fleet of shrimp boat and a large crowd have turned out for a hearing on a proposal that would halt shrimp trawling in North Carolina's inshore waters.

A petition for rulemaking has been filed asking the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to adopt a rule that makes the state's internal coastal water permanent secondary nursery areas. The commission's meeting began Tuesday afternoon.

The reclassification of the waters would end shrimp trawling in the inshore waters, which fishermen say is where a bulk of the shrimp in North Carolina is harvested.

The commission will decide on the petition at its August meeting.

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