The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is holding at 6 p.m. May 18 a public hearing by web conference on proposed shellfish leases in Pender County.
The following are the proposed leases:
- James T. Perryman III has applied for a 2.87-acre water column lease above an existing shellfish bottom lease in Seaside Areas near Topsail Sound.
- Ghost Fleet Oyster Co., LLC has applied for a 0.90-acre shellfish bottom lease in Banks Channel and a 0.74-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Seaside Areas near Nixon’s Channel. Thomas Faison is agent for both.
- NorthBay Oyster Co., LLC has applied for a 5.77-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Bank’s Channel. William Simmons is agent.
The public may participate in the hearing online or by telephone. To speak during the meeting, register online by 4 p.m. May 17.
Join the meeting online by using event number 185 140 6441 and password 1234 or call 415-655-0003
The public may comment on the proposed shellfish leases through an online form or be mailed to N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
Public hearing information, including the web conference link and call-in telephone number, presentation slides, and biological investigation reports can be found online.
To find out the status of a current shellfish lease application or about the location of an active or terminated shellfish lease, use the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Shellfish Lease and Aquaculture Program interactive shellfish aquaculture tool. The map was designed to allow the public to follow the application process.
For more information, contact Marla Chuffo, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8048 or Marla.Chuffo@ncdenr.gov.