A public hearing on four proposed shellfish leases in Hyde County is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in-person at the Hyde County Government Center, 30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter, and by WebEx.
The following leases are proposed:
- Ocracoke Salt Co. LLC has applied for a 1.46-acre bottom lease and water column lease east of Bluff to Long Shore.
- Carraway Oyster Co. LLC has applied for a 5.69-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Abel Bay.
- Ryan Bell has applied for a 0.78-acre bottom lease and water column lease north of Caffee Bay.
- Mary Ellen Allen has applied for a 2.05-acre bottom lease and water column lease in Back Creek.
The public may comment on the above lease applications at the hearing or by WebEx. Register to speak online via WebEx during the meeting by 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. To comment in-person, sign up the night of the hearing onsite.
Public hearing information, including the web conference link, call-in telephone number, presentation slides, and biological investigation reports can be found at https://deq.nc.gov/news/events/hyde-county-shellfish-lease-hearing.
Written comments can be submitted until 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, through an online form at https://deq.nc.gov/hyde-county-shellfish-lease-hearing-comment-form or mailed to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
For more information, contact Marla Chuffo, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8048 or Marla.Chuffo@ncdenr.gov.