With the holidays and family activities in full swing, it’s easy to forget to make a plan.
Some important public meetings on wildlife, fisheries and game lands management, along with shrimp bycatch management, will arrive before you know it, so update your calendar today.
Wildlife hearing: As it does each year, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine public hearings in January. The meetings will cover proposed changes to 39 agency regulations related to wildlife management, fisheries and game lands for the 2017-18 seasons.
Some of the proposed changes would redefine youth as anyone under 18 years old and allow them to participate during the youth hunts and youth seasons. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org.
Public hearings begin at 7 p.m. at locations across the state:
▪ Jan. 10, District 4, Bladen Community College, Dublin.
▪ Jan. 11, District 5, Southern Alamance High School, Graham.
▪ Jan. 12, District 6, Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, Albemarle.
▪ Jan. 17, District 9, Haywood Community College, Clyde.
▪ Jan. 18, District 8, Western Piedmont Community College, Morganton.
▪ Jan. 19, District 7, Elkin High School, Elkin.
▪ Jan. 24, District 1, Chowan County Public Safety Center, Edenton.
▪ Jan. 25, District 2, Craven Community College, New Bern.
▪ Jan. 26, District 3, Nash Community College, Rocky Mount.
Public comment can be submitted in writing by Feb. 1 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The commission will meet Feb. 16 to consider the proposals.
Shrimp trawl fishing: Five N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission advisory committees will meet jointly at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17 to discuss and take public comment on a petition for rulemaking calling for habitat protections that, if adopted, would affect shrimp trawl fishing in most state waters. Public commenters are limited to three minutes to accommodate as many speakers as possible.
At the meeting at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 South Front St., New Bern, the Finfish, Shellfish/Crustacean, Habitat and Water Quality, Northern Regional and Southern Regional advisory committees will be asked to review and comment on the petition for rulemaking submitted Nov. 2 by the N.C. Wildlife Federation. The commission will vote in February.
Comment in writing from Dec. 20 until 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at NCWFPetition@ncdenr.gov, or by mail to NCWF Petition, Marine Fisheries Commission Office, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.
Last call: Call by 5 p.m. today to buy a ticket in the Hunter's Dream Sweepstakes, a fundraiser for the Florence, Ky.-based Quality Deer Management Association.
Among the $230,000 in prizes are 42 firearms and 19 hunts and trips. Each ticket is entered in all 30 prize drawings.
Tickets are $25 each, or as low as 24 for $300. Call 866-460-3337. Learn more at www.huntersdreamsweepstakes.com.
Gift idea: Shirts with a marlin wearing a Santa hat are on sale for $15 at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament gift shop or at www.thebigrock.com.
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