The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is hosting in January a public hearing on three proposed shellfish leases in Pender County.

The hearing is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 13, 2022.

  • Topsail Sound Shellfish, LLC, Ronald Sheffield, agent, has applied for a 1.29-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Seaside Areas near Topsail Sound.​
  • Soundside Oyster Farms, LLC, Thomas Cannon, agent, has applied for a 0.75-acre shellfish bottom lease in Banks Channel.
  • Coastal Roots Oyster Company, LLC, David Roughton, agent, has applied for a 1.09-acre shellfish bottom and water column lease in Seaside Areas near Green Channel.​ 

The public can listen to the hearing online or by telephone. To facilitate comments, the division is asking those who wish to speak during the meeting to register online by 4 p.m. Jan. 12, 2022.

The public can comment on the proposed shellfish leases by submitting written comments until 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 and may be through a form online or be mailed to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, Shellfish Leases, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, NC 28557.

Public hearing information, including the web conference link and call-in telephone number, presentation slides, and biological investigation reports can be found on the website.

For more information, contact Marla Chuffo with the division’s Habitat and Enhancement Section at 252-808-8048 or

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