SNEADS FERRY, Onslow County - A Sneads Ferry man is selling shirts to support local fishermen.
The owner of Loggerhead Printing in Sneads Ferry, Jason Davis, started to sell the shirts amid all of the talk about a petition presented by the NC Wildlife Federation. The petition calls for regulations that would limit when and where shrimpers could fish. The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission approved that petition last month. Lots of shrimpers have expressed concerns over it.
"It's going to impact the area tremendously as far as the industry with shrimp," Davis said. "It's (the fishermen's) livelihood and also the restaurants."
NewsChannel 12 spoke with David Knight, a policy advisor for the NC Wildlife Federation, about the petition. He said it is not a ban and will not keep fishermen from accessing local shrimp. He said it is a way to protect certain species of fish.
"What we believe it would do is help the shrimp industry and certainly help the larger commercial industry because there would be a lot more fish and crabs to catch," Knight said.
The shirts are $15 and can be purchased online by clicking here or at the store, located at 1802 NC Highway 172 in Sneads Ferry. Seven dollars from each shirt sold will go to the NC Fisheries Association.
To read more on the petition, click here.