EDITORIAL: Game-fish bill would have little impact on legal commercial fishing, study shows

Posted on April 19, 2011 by Craig Holt, North Carolina Sportsman

As the confirmation process of House Bill 353 heads into its middle stages, both sides are trying to influence public and legislative opinion.

HB 353, introduced March 15 at the North Carolina legislature, would designate spotted seatrout, red drum and striped bass as game fish in coastal waters. That would mean these three species could be landed only by hook and line, and their sale would be prohibited.
 
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