Stories by Sandy Semans Ross

November edition: News for and about commercial fishermen

Two new members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission representing the commercial industry have been appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper ahead of the meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk that starts Wednesday.

Nov 12


Commercial, charter communities are answering call for help

On the weekend, some who tried to get into the area with their trailered boats made it as far as New Bern, where they were put to work making water rescues. Others took in heavy equipment to help clean up and clear roads.

Sep 20


Stumpy Point first responders, residents ready for Florence

Along with all her other hats, Sandy Semans Ross also wears the helmet of Fire Chief for the Stumpy Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. She reports that all pre-storm preparations are done and now the village waits for Florence's arrival.

Sep 13


August edition: News for and about commercial fishermen

The quarterly meeting of the Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) convened last week in Raleigh with only one member representing the commercial fishing industry. That member, Mike Blanton, was sworn in before the meeting.

Aug 21


Marine Fisheries panel in disarray ahead of quarterly meeting

Just as the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission convenes on Wednesday in Raleigh, there has been a complete turnover of the panel's commercial fishing representation with two members resigning Monday night.

Aug 14


New shrimping rules slowly migrate through sea of bureaucracy

About 18 months later, the Division of Marine Fisheries has only produced a draft, which next needs the approval of the State Office of State Budget and Management. The OSBM can approve as-is or send it back for more work.

Aug 3


Latest edition: News for and about commercial fishermen

Another small step has been taken toward rulemaking requested by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation that was first submitted to Marine Fisheries Commission in November 2016 and accepted by the MFC on Feb. 16, 2017.

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Jul 25


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Constitutional amendments to bring legislators back in the fall

Lawmakers were expected to leave Raleigh after adjusting the two-year budget. But Republican leaders kept them around until the end of June to propose Constitutional amendments and have set a lame duck session for November.

Jul 9


Industrial-scale oyster farm bill left for dead in the House

The proposal that could have lead to a shift from a cottage industry to marine industrial operations owned by nonresident corporations appears to be a dead issue, after the state House did not act prior to Friday's self-imposed deadline.

Jun 15


Commentary: Questions abound with industrial oyster farm bill

Wonder what all the heartburn is about with the oyster restoration bill sponsored by local legislators Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and Rep. Beverly Boswell, R-Dare? It’s dirty – plain and simple.

Jun 14


June edition: News for and about commercial fishermen

The bill that has received the most attention is House Bill 361, which has drawn heavy fire from both recreational and commercial fishermen. The bill would change the structure of the oyster leasing program.

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Jun 13


Fisheries bills may not get heard before legislature adjourns

The N.C. General Assembly is getting a crash course in commercial fisheries due to the variety of issues addressed in a pair of bills filed in the short session. But time is running out for those proposals to be heard, as the session may end by Friday.

Jun 11