Legislators mull fisheries fund proposal

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

A proposal that would create a Commercial Fishing Resources Fund has made it into the budget proposal now being considered by legislators in Raleigh.

The plan, brought forward by the North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), calls for a fund that would help the state meet requirements for the protection of sea turtles while also providing funds for projects to enhance the state’s commercial fishing industry.

NCFA president Jerry Schill said the plan as they presented it was included in the Senate version of the budget bill and now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives this week.

Schill was in Raleigh last week as the bill was reviewed on Senate side and will be back next week to continue meeting with legislators.

“There seems to be more questions about it on the House side so I’m not real sure how it will fare. I’m fairly confident it will make it in the budget,” he said.

If it goes in the House version, the question will be in what form.

“The Senate side has word for word what we proposed,” he said.

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