NCFA Board and Staff send our Deepest Sympathy’s to Colonel Carter Witten and Family during this time of sorrow


Alice Proctor Witten
Mother of Colonel Carter Witten

OCTOBER 5, 1950 – DECEMBER 9, 2021

Alice Proctor Witten, age 71, of Havelock, North Carolina passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 9, 2021. Alice was born October 5, 1950 in Rocky Mount, NC. She was the mother of Colonel Carter Witten of DMF’s Marine Patrol.

NCFA’s Officers, Board, Members and staff offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to Carter and the entire family.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Henry Witten and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Proctor, Jr.

Alice was a graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High School and Saint Mary’s College. Alice will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a dear and caring person to the many people who knew and loved her. She was an advocate and protector of animals, including her turtle, Butch, of 45 years. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church and was a member of Christ Church in New Bern. She retired from Craven County Schools in 2008 and was very involved in the Havelock community.

She is survived by sons; Hank Witten and wife, Liz of New Bern, and Carter Witten and wife, Joy of Havelock, three grandchildren; Taylor, Zach, and Avery, partner, Myra Lewis, brother, Russell Proctor III and wife, Nancy of Rocky Mount, and their children Amanda Proctor Mullen (Kai) and Lee Proctor (Katy) and their children of Raleigh.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Christ Church, 320 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC. Services will begin at 3:00 pm. Livestream is available at this link:

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to Christ Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 1246, New Bern, NC 28563 OR

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Witten family. Cotten Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of Alice Proctor Witten.




BOEM is hosting for commercial fishermen regarding the Central Atlantic draft Planning Area. We are specifically seeking fishing industry participation (fishermen, fishing & processing businesses and organizations, fishing associations) in these meetings.  


The meetings are scheduled with a focus on the primary fisheries that operate in the respective sectors. However, if you or others are unable to attend the meeting focused on your fishery sector you may attend the meeting that better fits your schedule on the other dates. 


The meetings primary audience, date, time and Zoom registration link are below. 


BOEM Central Atlantic Planning Area – Trap, Pot, and Fixed Gear Fisheries Stakeholder Meeting 

Jan 5, 2022 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern  



BOEM Central Atlantic Planning Area – Trawl and Mixed Trawl Fisheries Stakeholder Meeting 

Jan 5, 2022 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM Eastern  



BOEM Central Atlantic Planning Area – Recreational Fishing Stakeholder Meeting 

Jan 5, 2022 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM Eastern  



BOEM Central Atlantic Planning Area – Clam and Scallop Industry Stakeholder Meeting 

Jan 6, 2022 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern  



For background, at the request of several Central Atlantic states, BOEM has begun planning a Central Atlantic Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting to explore the suitability of areas for wind energy development off the coast of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina (from Cape Hatteras-North). This meeting is tentatively set for February 16, 2022.  


At this early planning stage, we would like to engage commercial and recreational fishing communities to get feedback on a very broad, general draft Planning Area. Feedback will be considered when developing a draft Call for Information and Nominations area which will be presented at the February Task Force Meeting for discussion. Please see the attached map with this initial, broad planning area. Please note that as in most other similar planning efforts, the actual lease areas to be designated will encompass a smaller footprint than this initial planning area. 


This is an opportunity for the fisheries community to inform the lease area planning process from the very beginning, and we are eager to gain the perspective of the fishing industry so that it might be refined to avoid or minimize potential conflicts with existing uses. 


During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to comment on this wide area of interest, help us identify areas of greater fishing effort and habitats of importance to help avoid or reduce impacts to fishing from potential offshore wind development.  


If you have any questions, please contact myself or Branson Jensen (contact information below).    



Bridgette Duplantis

BOEM Project Coordinator, Central Atlantic Renewable Energy 


Brandon Jensen 

Fisheries Biologist, BOEM 


UPDATE for 12.10.2021


In last week’s update, we mistakenly left off that Pamlico County also submitted a resolution in support of the shrimpers.


Well, North Carolina’s primary elections have been pushed back until May 17th! As we noted for the past few weeks the primary was scheduled for March but due to an order by the North Carolina Supreme Court, the candidate filings have been halted due to several ongoing redistricting lawsuits.

Any candidate who has already filed to run in the 2022 primary “and whose filing has been accepted by the appropriate board of elections, will be deemed to have filed for the same office under the new election schedule…There’s more to the order than that, but it directs a trial court to rule on the merits of the redistricting lawsuits by January 11th.

We’ll report any updates as they happen.

God bless,