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Many upset about newest shrimping petition

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NEW BERN, Craven County - The North Carolina Wildlife Federation brought forward a petition to protect juvenile fish, but many are arguing it puts their livelihood at risk.

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted to approve a petition that would regulate where, how and when shrimpers could work. The final verdict has made a lot of people in the business upset.

Fulcher Seafood in Oriental employees more than 200 people. Christina Fulcher-Cahoon said the new restrictions would jeopardize their large employee base and the seafood industry completely.

"They're restricting the times of the day we are going to use, where we are going to fish, the lengths of our ropes, I mean everything, they are cutting us back detrimentally where our seafood industry is going to be nonexistent," Fulcher-Cahoon said. 

Shrimpers aren't the only ones worried about the petition.

Shirley Ireland of Bayboro owns Mayo's Seafood. She has been buying locally for over 30 years.

"It will impact how I assess fresh seafood, in a world where everyone is trying to eat local and organic, I am not trying to buy shrimp from China," Ireland said.

While the petition was approved, this is merely the first approval. It must go through several steps before it is actually enforced. There is a chance the petition will not make it through all of these steps and will never go into affect.


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