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Marine committees vote against petition to ban trawling

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A petition to ban shrimp trawling in some of our local waters is effectively dead.

On Tuesday four marine fishery advisory committees in New Bern voted overwhelmingly against the petition.

Hundreds of commercial fishermen showed up to voice their concerns, saying the petition would have put them out of business.

Tim Hergenrader filed the petition last month, saying he believes the shrimp industry kills too many finfish that accidentally get caught in their nets.

But the committees were not convinced the shrimp industry in our state is responsible for coastwide declines in weakfish, Atlantic croaker, and spot.

"It's hard to know exactly what the impact of removing shrimp trawling would be to those species. So we want to make sure we know before we take that action or we're taking serious economic measures that may not provide any benefit," said Louis Daniel, director of the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

Daniel says even though the petition is effectively dead, the Marine Fisheries Commission, the legislative arm of the DMF, will still meet in Raleigh next month to formally deny the petition.

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