Economics Make the Case for North Carolina Gamefish Bill
North Carolina has the opportunity to increase the economic impact of fishery management to the entire state with a single bill - H.B. 353, a bill to make striped bass, red drum and speckled trout gamefish.
According to a study released this week by Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina, the economic impacts of recreational angling for those three species dwarf those of the commercial sector and make a compelling case for legislative measures that enhance recreational fisheries.
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David Larsen says:April 24, 2011 at 4:03 amClearly this is a very one sided view point. There are many more factors to be considered. For instance, imported fish have a carbon foot print of as much as 40 times that of local commercial fish. Do you approve of our trade imbalance which is healthy for no one, including yourself? Eighty five percent of our seafood today is foreign. Commercial catches are a fraction of what they once were and you are using questionable data to make your point.(would you like more proof of that?) Also fishing can be regulated so that there are plenty of fish for both industries and yet you continue to approve of laws that damage the commercial industry. Are you being UN-American to deliberately go after someone trying to make an honest living? I believe that a conscience check is in order for your organization.Dennis Carter says:May 1, 2011 at 8:11 amMy mother and father in-law have a cottage in oriental n.c. since the 1970′s. My wife and I enjoy spending time there fishing and enjoy every weekend we get to go there. We talk to locals and I know some guides down there also. We do not like the guill nets that are strung down the creeks and the trawlers that seem to take a lot more fish that should be taken. I hope the bill get’s passed so anglers like ourselves can once again go down and catch fish like we use to. Don’t want to sound selfish butit doesn’t seem fair right now to us.