N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will decide Aug. 29 whether to approve a petition that has received opposition from commercial fishermen, others

If approved, the proposed rule would halt shrimp and crab trawling in North Carolina  inshore waters. The petition was filed by Timothy Hergenrader of New Bern, who cites Division of Marine Fisheries documents and says the reclassification would protect juvenile fish of species such as weakfish, croaker and spot, which are being caught as bycatch in trawl nets. [email protected]   photo kinston.com 11:03