A petition by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) could have a major impact on the commercial fishing industry.
The petition seeks to:
- Limit shrimpers workweek from five days (Monday-Friday) to three (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- To designate areas as shrimp trawl management areas
- Reduce the size of nets allowed and restrict gear in these newly designated areas
The federation says the reason for the petition is to reduce the amount of by-catch. By-catch is the anything in the net that’s not your intended species. It’s common for shrimpers to catch juvenile fish in their nets while shrimping.
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