Public hearing scheduled on proposed shellfish leases in Hyde County

Morehead City

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish bottom and water column leases in Hyde County at 6 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Hyde County Courthouse, 30 Oyster Creek Street, Swan Quarter.

Callie S. Carawan of Swan Quarter has applied to lease approximately 4.65 acres of water bottom in Spencer Bay for a shellfish aquaculture operation. Additionally, Cory A. Carawan, also of Swan Quarter, has applied to lease 4.98 acres of water bottom on the east side of Germantown Bay as well as to expand an existing 4.43-acre bottom lease in Germantown Bay to a water column lease.

A map of the Callie S. Carawan proposed lease is available here.

Maps of the Cory A. Carawan proposed leases are here and here.  

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the meeting or in writing until 5 p.m. on Jan. 10. Written comments should be submitted to the Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters Office, 3441 Arendell St., Morehead City. 

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

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