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Save local seafood! No permanent secondary nursery areas in NC!
  • Petitioned W. Robert Bizzell

This petition was delivered to:

Chairman, NC Marine Fisheries Commission
W. Robert Bizzell

Save local seafood! No permanent secondary nursery areas in NC!

    1. Megan Spencer
    2. Petition by

      Megan Spencer

      Ocracoke, NC

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. By designating the state's inland waters as permanent secondary nursery areas, they would be closed to trawling. If that were to happen, North Carolina would loose a considerable amount of income to foreign competition, as well as access to this bountiful resource and a historic profession among generations of coastal citizens. Secondary nursery areas are already in place to protect habitat in inland waters. Please don't close the entire area to trawling.

To:
W. Robert Bizzell, Chairman, NC Marine Fisheries Commission
Save local seafood! Please do not designate all inland waters of North Carolina as secondary nursery areas. North Carolina would loose a considerable amount of income to foreign competition, as well as access to this bountiful resource and a historic profession among generations of coastal citizens.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Small victory for seafood lovers, but it's not over yet!

      Megan Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Check out my coverage of the public meeting in New Bern last week. Thanks to everyone who supported our coastal heritage!

      Shrimp is Still King

      Members of four Marine Fisheries Advisory /Groups voted unanimously last week to recommend denial of a petition to designate inland waters of North Carolina as primary secondary nursery areas - thus keeping local shrimp on tables and commercial trawlers in business.

    2. Thanks so much!

      Megan Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      On behalf of our coastal citizens, thanks so much to everyone for supporting our heritage. More than 3,000 signatures!!

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. An article about the Trawl Ban via Ocracoke Current

      Megan Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Read more about how this proposed ban got started and how it would affect coastal communities. Contact information is included for members of the Marine Fisheries Commission, advisory committees, as well as an email address for the person who proposed the ban.

      Marine Fisheries Commission to Consider Trawl Ban

      A possible reclassification of most internal waters of North Carolina will be the subject of a special meeting of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries later this month. This reclassification into "Permanent Secondary Nursery Areas" would be one of the biggest regulatory blows to the state's commercial fishing industry - a complete ban on trawling in North Carolina waters.

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Over halfway to 500 signatures!

      Megan Spencer
      Petition Organizer

      Less than 24 hours after creating this petition to Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman W. Robert Bizzell, more than 300 people have signed on to oppose the trawl ban in North Carolina's inland waters. Thanks to everyone for the prompt response!! Keep the momentum going and urge your friends to share and support for the sake of local seafood and commercial fishermen. 500 signatures here we come!!

    7. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Diane Midness ORIENTAL, NC
      • 12 days ago

      I live in one of those communities where fishermen would be affected. I only buy local shrimp and would hate to not have shrimp in my menues.

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    • Mike Daugherty KING WILLIAM, VA
      • 2 months ago

      I vacation on the Island and get my seafood at Ocracoke Seafood. I want it to stay that way! Love to the island people!!

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    • COURTNEY HARRIS PINETOWN, NC
      • 3 months ago

      THIS IS WHAT MANY OF OUR TOWNS AND POPULATED AREAS WHERE ESTABLISHED FOR... THE SUPPORT OF THE COM. FISHING INDUSTRY !!!!

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    • Mary Grace Freeman PANAMA CITY, FL
      • 4 months ago

      It helps my family that lives there.

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    • Elliott Williams GRANBURY, TX
      • 5 months ago

      The seafood industry is a primary job and food source for many of my family members in the State of North Carolina. Being the son of a longtime Commercial fisherman I know all too well the benefits and necessity of this industry.

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