FAIRFIELD, N.C. (AP) -- Some residents disagree with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the management of a Hyde County lake.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported a local business owner says managers of the Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge have allowed the water levels to decline too much.
Mark Carawan leads an effort called "Save Mattamuskeet Lake," and worries that fishing is drying up on the 40,000 acre lake.
Carawan says fishing on the lake used to be "first-class." He runs a local motel and tackle shop.
But lake manager Pete Campbell said the lake is in good shape overall and is serving its main purpose as a winter habitat for waterfowl.
Officials said more than more than 360,000 ducks, geese and swan spent winter on the lake.