Keep NC seafood (especially SHRIMP) on our tables


Local businesses, fishing families and coastal communities depend on catches from trawlers - namely shrimp - as a source of economic commerce, as well as locally-grown, organic protein.
More than 90 percent of all shrimp consumed in the country is imported. Importing this highly prized commodity not only puts Americans out of jobs, it jeopardizes our health by marketing a poorly inspected product.
By designating the state's inland waters, as well as ocean waters three miles out as permanent secondary nursery areas, the fishery for trawlers - which harvest blue crab, flounder and mainly shrimp - would be highly compromised. As a result, North Carolina would loose a considerable amount of income to foreign competition and consumers across the country would loose access to this bountiful and highly prized resource. In addition, the rules would surely lead to the demise of a historic profession that has spanned generations of coastal citizens.
The petition asks the commission to designate all coastal fishing waters (including the ocean out to three miles) not otherwise designated 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 special secondary nursery areas during shrimp season.
Please consider consumers and our coastal economy when imposing strict rules in our state's waters. Keep our fishermen working and keep seafood on our tables. Do not designate North Carolina waters as permanent secondary nursery areas.

This petition will be delivered to:
  • North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Sammy Corbett, Chairman,

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