These rules will limit your access to N.C. shrimp

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If you love local shrimp you pick up at farmers markets, fish houses or direct from fishermen at roadside trucks, state regulators and lawmakers need to hear from you. 

Proposals to close nearly all shrimping in North Carolina will not only impact your plate but end a way of life that fishing families in our state have known for generations. Without access to N.C. shrimp, where will your shrimp come from?

Contact state senators and representatives from your district, as well as N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission members, to share your thoughts about preserving shrimp fishing in North Carolina. Closure of shrimp trawling in all North Carolina waters except the Atlantic Ocean is among rules the Marine Fisheries Commission is considering.

Proponents of shrimp fishing bans claim the gear that fishers use harm ecosystems and endangered species, but numerous studies show that is not the case.

Tap here to read the facts about trawling  

Don't worry if you miss the June 30, 2021, deadline to submit comments to the Marine Fisheries commission via the regional advisory committee meetings and addresses listed below. You can still write your local legislators and as well as Marine Fisheries Commission members

Here's how to comment before the June 30 deadline:

➡️ Joint Northern and Southern Regional Advisory Committees: 6 p.m. June 15. Register to speak by 5 p.m. June 14.

➡️ Joint Shellfish/Crustacean and Finfish Advisory Committees: 6 p.m. June 16. Register to speak by 5 p.m. June 15.

➡️ Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee: 5 p.m. June 17. Register to speak by 5 p.m. June 16.

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