The N.C. General Assembly may consider a bill that would prevent the state from planning for the higher seas that many scientists expect later this century as the climate warms.
The state legislature is contemplating merging the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the Wildlife Resources Commission.
It looks like the N.C. General Assembly will spare the regional offices of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources but may cut its budget again.
Severe budget cuts have threatened the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the main source of money used to buy ecologically important land across the state.
State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, a Jacksonville Republican and co-chair of the committee that’s reviewing state regulations, said he doesn’t expect any quick changes to coastal policy.
One person’s regulatory “burden” is often another’s protection. Striking the balance between the two is often difficult. North Carolina’s recent push to “reform” its regulations and rule-making processes is proving especially so.
Leaders in the state’s growing local-catch movement aim to keep North Carolina’s fishing traditions alive, but the big challenge ahead is getting the rest of us to remember that “buy local” applies to seafood, too.