MOREHEAD CITY | The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing this month on five proposed shellfish leases in Carteret County.

Public comment will be taken at the meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the division’s Central District office, 5285 Highway 70 W, Morehead City.

Samuel Boyd of Morehead City has applied for a 5.04-acre shellfish bottom lease and water column lease in Newport River.

Joe Huber of Atlantic has applied for a 0.822-acre shellfish bottom lease and water column lease in Core Sound.

Robert Simons of Atlantic has applied for a 2.233-acre shellfish bottom lease in Bogue Sound.

Marshall Bennett, agent for Good Shuck Oyster Company, has applied for a 1.9-acre shellfish bottom lease in the Newport River.

William Harris of Atlantic has applied for a 2.06-acre water column lease on a pre-existing lease in Nelson Bay.

For those who can’t attend the meeting, written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 21. Written comments should be submitted to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

The application file and biologist report for the proposed leases are available for inspection weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the division’s headquarters office at 3441 Arendell St. in Morehead City.