Hundreds turn out for N.C. Marine Fisheries meeting in New Bern

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission held an open meeting to discuss measures proposed under the N.C. Southern Flounder Management Plan.

Several hundred people in New Bern turned out to voice their opinions.

The commission asked for comments on proposed changes to current rules, such as catch limits, types of nets allowed and possible season closures. It received mixed reaction advocating different viewpoints.

“We are trying to do a supplement instead of an amendment, which will take two to three years,” explained Bud Abbott, N.C. Coastal Conservation Association. “The supplement can be done immediately and can slow down the decline of the stock.”

“I want an amendment process to the flounder plan that would allow open input from all the stakeholders to give us a better representation to the stock in North Carolina and how we can manage it,” said Terry Partt, commercial fisherman, Bertie Co.

The Fisheries Commission will take all the comments under consideration ahead of a vote in August.

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