MEDIA ADVISORY: Public hearing scheduled on Carteret County shellfish lease proposals

MOREHEAD CITY

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City.

Matthew Graci has applied for a 0.699-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in The Straits.

Sandbar Oyster Company, LLC (David Cessna, agent) has applied for a 2.35-acre bottom lease below the bridge in North River.

Matthew Gruenewald and James Kyle Frey have applied for a 3.83-acres water column lease in mid-Newport River.

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

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the hearing or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 25 and should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

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

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

WHO: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
WHAT: Public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County
WHEN: Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office
5285 U.S. 70 West, Morehead City

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