The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is seeking public comments at a meeting on a proposed oyster sanctuary about four miles from Wysocking Bay in Hyde County.
A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Hyde County Government Building in Swan Quarter. Staff of the state’s Oyster Sanctuary Program will discuss plans for the 10-acre Gull Shoal Oyster Sanctuary, which will be part of the Sen. Jean Preston Oyster Sanctuary Network.
Oyster sanctuaries are areas where reefs are created to restore oyster populations by attracting live larvae, which grow and produce millions of eggs annually. The protected areas provide for hook-and-line fishing opportunities, but no bottom-disturbing gear is allowed.