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Hearings Set on Proposed Shellfish Leases

NC DMF, division of marine fisheriesThe North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will hold public hearings in Pender, Carteret and Beaufort counties in January on proposed shellfish leases in the respective counties.

The hearing in Pender County is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Topsail Beach Town Hall, 820 S. Anderson Blvd., on the following applications:

  • Coastal Roots Oyster Co., David Roughton, agent, has applied for a 0.76-acre bottom and water column lease in Green Channel, Richs Inlet.
  • Michael Conor MacNair applied to expand his water column lease in the Seaside Areas, Topsail Sound by 3.17 acres. He has also applied for two water column amendments in the Seaside Areas, Topsail Sound, one for 4.88 acres and the other for 3.05 acres.

A map of the proposed leases, with corresponding lease numbers and GIS coordinates, can be found online.

The public may comment on the proposed lease at the hearing or in writing submitted by Jan. 5 to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.

A public hearing for the following proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County is at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at the state Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City:

  • Joseph O. Taylor has applied for a 4.04-acre water column amendment in Nelson Bay.
  • Benjamin Davey has applied to lease 5.53 acres of shellfish bottom and water column in Pettiford Creek Bay.
  • Big Rock Oysters, LLC, James Kyle Frey, agent, has applied to lease 0.94 acres of shellfish bottom in the Newport River.
  • Derris Warren has applied to lease 2.37 acres of shellfish bottom in the Newport River.

A map of the proposed leases, with corresponding coordinates and lease numbers, can be found online.

The public may comment on the proposed lease at the hearing or in writing by Jan. 6 submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.

The public hearing for the proposed shellfish lease application in Beaufort County by Nathaniel Van Nortwick for a 2.24-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in the Pungo River is at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Washington Regional Office, Washington Square Mall, U.S. 17, Washington.

A map of the proposed lease, with corresponding lease numbers and GIS coordinates, can be found online.

The public may comment on the proposed lease at the hearing or in writing by Jan. 8 submitted to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection for all of the proposed shellfish leased during office hours at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

For more information on any of the proposed shellfiish leases, contact Michael Graven with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8061 or Michael.Graven@ncdenr.gov.

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