Public hearing scheduled on proposed shellfish lease in Onslow County

Morehead City

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on a proposed shellfish lease in Onslow County at 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the North Topsail Beach Town Hall, 2008 Loggerhead Court, North Topsail Beach.

Tina Welch, business agent for Z and Z Aquaculture of Randleman, has applied to lease 1.57 acres of shellfish bottom in Everett Bay/Stump Sound.

A map of the proposed lease is available here.

The public may comment on the proposed lease at the meeting or in writing until 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Written comments should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed lease are available for inspection weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City. 

For more information, contact Steve Murphey, Habitat and Enhancement Section chief, at 252-808-8046 or

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