Outdoors: Bill to give red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass game-fish status still alive as part of study

Posted on June 26, 2011 by Monica Holland, Fayetteville Observer

Lost in the drama of the state Legislature's back-and-forth budget bill bickering during its last session was an issue that could change the face of coastal sportfishing in North Carolina.

House Bill 353, aimed at giving game-fish status to red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass - making them available to hook-and-line harvest only, off limits to commercial fishermen and illegal to sell - didn't reach resolution before the General Assembly's session ended. But the bill has found a home underneath the umbrella of a new study committee made up of four members of the House and four members of the Senate, who will report findings at the May 2012 short General Assembly session.

Read full article here