MFC to look at shark fishing

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North Carolina fisheries officials plan to take a bite at the federal government by reopening state waters to shark fishing.

A state closure was implemented in 1997 to protect juvenile sharks, at the request of the National Marine Fisheries Service, in anticipation that other states would do the same, Louis Daniel, an assistant to the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries, told the Marine Fisheries Commission.

The state is also expected to be treated fairly in regards to future shark fishery regulations, Daniel said.