The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing this month on a proposed shellfish lease in Onslow County.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the North Topsail Beach Town Hall, 2008 Loggerhead Court, North Topsail Beach.

According to the division, Tina Welch, business agent for Z and Z Aquaculture of Randleman, has applied to lease 1.57 acres of shellfish bottom in Everett Bay/Stump Sound.

The public may comment also comment in writing until 5 p.m. on Feb. 27. Written comments should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed lease are available for inspection weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the division’s Headquarters Office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.