Reeling in a win for recreational fishing

Posted on May 24, 2011 by STEPHEN AMMONS, News & Observer

North Carolina has the opportunity to increase the economic effect of fisheries management to the entire state with a single bill. HB 353 would make striped bass, red drum and speckled trout game fish.

The sad fact is that for more than 20 years, the state's Marine Fisheries Commission has managed our public resources solely for the benefit of the commercial industry. The appointed commissioners have given more attention to sustaining the incomes of a few over sustaining the resource itself. In doing so, the commission has ignored the sound scientific advice of the state Division of Marine Fisheries and its attempts to balance the interests of all user groups.

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