NEW BERN | A meeting being held this week in New Bern will kick off an effort to study new methods and potential gear for reducing the bycatch of finfish in shrimp trawls.

A work group established by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, a day-long workshop that will include presentations by experts from North Carolina and other coastal states on the latest technology in bycatch reduction gear and experiences.

The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the History Center at Tryon Palace, 5295 Front St.

The work group is a 12-member committee that includes fishermen, net makers, fish dealers and other stakeholders has been set up under a recently adopted amendment to the N.C. Shrimp Fishery Management Plan.

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