MOREHEAD CITY – NC Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing by web conference on proposed shellfish leases in Pender County at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13.

Topsail Sound Shellfish, LLC (Ronald Sheffield, agent) has applied for a 1.29-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Seaside Areas near Topsail Sound.​
Soundside Oyster Farms, LLC (Thomas Cannon, agent) has applied for a 0.75-acre shellfish bottom lease in Banks Channel.

Coastal Roots Oyster Company, LLC (David Roughton, agent) has applied for a 1.09-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Seaside Areas near Green Channel.​

The public may participate in the hearing online or by telephone. To facilitate comments, the division is asking those who wish to speak during the meeting to pre-register here by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Also, the public may comment on the proposed shellfish leases in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 and may be submitted two ways:

  1. Online Comments – Written comments will be accepted through an online form available here.
  2. Mailed Comments – Written comments may be mailed to NC Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

Public hearing information, including the web conference link and call-in telephone number, presentation slides, and biological investigation reports can be found here.

For more information, contact Marla Chuffo, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8048 or Marla.Chuffo@ncdenr.gov.

 

WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
WHAT: Public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Pender County
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Meeting by Web Conference

Click Here for Meeting Link and Phone Number

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