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

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. The hearing will be held in-person at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, and by WebEx.
MOREHEAD CITY
Jan 13, 2023

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15. The hearing will be held in-person at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Central District Office, 5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City, and by WebEx.

Old Salt Oyster Company (Benjamin Strickland, Jr., agent) has applied for a 2.06-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Bogue Sound.

Linda S. Jolly and James T. Chadwick has applied for a 2.12-acre water column lease in the Newport River.

Hershall K. Brown has applied for a 3.91-acre bottom lease and water column lease in the White Oak River.

Charles Merritt has applied for a 1.83-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Ward Creek.

Changing Tide Renovations, LLC (Charles Allen, agent), has applied for a 3.72-acre bottom lease and water column lease in South River.

John R. Foss has applied for a 3.67-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Adams Creek.

Austin T. Goodwin has applied for a 3.44-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Ward Creek.

Sea Level Shellfish Co., LLC (James A. Morris, Jr., agent) has applied for a 3.32-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Long Bay.

James A. Morris, Sr. has applied for an 8.61-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Long Bay.

Seafood for the Soul NC, LLC (Cynthia A. Delafuente, agent) has applied for a 5.08-acre bottom lease and water column lease in lower North River.

James K. Frey has applied for an 8.22-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Newport River.

James K. Frey has also applied for a 3.86-acre water column lease in Newport River.

Nancy M. Dupuis has applied for a 4.11-acre bottom lease and water column lease in North River below the bridge.

Patrick B. Tosto has applied for a 1.87-acre bottom lease in lower North River.

Dick Stiffner’s Oyster Farming, A Sustainable Way To Grow, LLC (Lori B. Stokes, agent) has applied for a 1.88-acre bottom lease and water column lease in lower North River.

Joseph O. McMichael has for a 7.20-acre bottom lease and water column lease in lower North River.

Kent Gitter has applied for a 1.34-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Ward Creek.

The public may comment on the above lease applications in person at the hearing or by WebEx. To facilitate online comments, the Division is asking those who wish to speak via WebEx to pre-register here by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Those who wish to comment in-person should sign up on-site the night of the hearing.

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

The public may also comment on the proposed shellfish leases in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 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 the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

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 Carteret County
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
ONLINE: Click here for Meeting Link and Phone Number

 

 

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