Commercial fishermen tell WITN that they're concerned a historic fishery could be coming to an end.
There's a proposed ban over the fishing of river herring, because the fish stock is depleted.
Wednesday night at the Crystal Coast Convention Center in Morehead City, some fishermen were fishing for an explanation on the proposed ban.
Kathy Rawls with the Division of Marine Fisheries said, "When we adopted our fishery management plan in 2007, the stock assessment that went along with that plan, had a stock assessment of possibly 24 years for this stock."
Rawls said the river herring stock is still in a depleted state.
In 2007, a moritorium that banned anyone from fishing went into effect. Although, a four-day discretionary harvest season once a year, held over Easter weekend, was still allowed.