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Watermen, locals descend on Raleigh to fight fisheries bill

Photo and reporting by Sam Walker

Outer Banks Voice 6/14/2017

Hundreds of commercial fishermen and their families, along with local government and agency leaders spent Wednesday walking the halls of the North Carolina Legislative Building in an effort to battle a bill they say could shut down the entire industry.

House Bill 867 would attempt to rewrite the Fisheries Reform Act, which is the body of statutes that provides the framework for fisheries management in North Carolina.

The event was organized by North Carolina Watermen United and the North Carolina Fisheries Association.

Those who came to support the bill were instructed by Jerry Schill, director of government affairs for the NCFA, to visit with as many legislators as possible to share their stories of how the measure would be detrimental to their livelihoods.

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