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Public hearing scheduled on proposed shellfish lease in Pender County

Morehead City

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on a proposed shellfish lease in Pender County at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Surf City Visitor Center, 102 N. Shore Drive, Surf City.

Steven Giberson of Hampstead has applied to lease 4.86 acres of shellfish bottom in Topsail Sound. A map of the proposed lease may be found here.

The public may comment on the proposed lease at the meeting or in writing until 5 p.m. March 8. 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 Mike Graven, Shellfish Lease Program manager, at 252-808-8048 or

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