Public hearing scheduled on shellfish lease proposals

Published 4:24 pm Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing on proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Central District Office, 5285 U.S. 70 West in Morehead City.

Matthew Graci has applied for a 0.699-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in The Straits.

Sandbar Oyster Company, LLC (David Cessna, agent) has applied for a 2.35-acre bottom lease below the bridge in North River.

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Matthew Gruenewald and James Kyle Frey have applied for a 3.83-acres water column lease in mid-Newport River.

The public may comment on the proposed leases at the hearing or in writing. Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 25 and should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection during office hours at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.

For more information, contact Michael Graven, with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section, at 252-808-8061 or



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