The debate over HB 353–the bill to make red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass game fish in North Carolina – heats up.
Outlandish catch share proposal draws heated opposition from anglers
A request by a commercial fishing group for a “voluntary” catch share program in the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery raised hackles at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting this week. Aside from concerns about the legality of the concept and outrage over the details of the proposal, recreational anglers are questioning why the Council continues to explore catch share programs a year after it voted to terminate all work related to catch share development.
The U.S. Department of the Interior wants to blow up living coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s not a joke — far from it. A ruling issued by DOI requires oil companies to destroy and remove decommissioned oil platforms from the Gulf within five years.
It is unfortunate that many of the questions and concerns we have raised since the initial release of the work of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, and which we have reiterated in subsequent communications regarding the development of the National Ocean Policy (NOP), still remain unanswered.
CORPUS CHRISTI — While federal fisheries managers are expected to impose the shortest red snapper season on record this summer another federal agency has estimated it will kill tens of thousands of the coveted pink fish with explosives used to remove about 120 offshore platforms this year alone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Anglers have high hopes for debate over value of artificial structure
A motion made at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting last week in Mobile, Alabama, could be the first step to protecting what has been regarded as the largest man-made reef in the world – the vast forest of energy-related structures in the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Bob Shipp’s request to have Council staff clarify the definition of what qualifies as artificial structure could pave the way for rigs and other vital reefs to be classified as Essential Fish Habitat.
Recreational anglers’ spending benefits are widespread throughout state economy.
While few people doubt the positive influence of healthy inshore saltwater fisheries on coastal businesses, not many stop to realize they also would benefit many inland businesses.
As hard as it might be to believe, management of the Gulf red snapper fishery reached a new level of frustration this week. At its meeting in Mobile, the Gulf Council announced that the overall quota of red snapper harvest will be increased, but the 2012 season will likely be the shortest ever, perhaps no more than 40 days. Why?
Out-of-state tournament fishermen promise they won’t return until net conflicts are resolved; IFA tournament trail eliminates annual visit.
Even in the current depressed economy, fishermen plan their vacations around catching fish. It’s the opinion of many fishermen that North Carolina is losing out on plenty of tourist dollars that could wind up in the state’s economy if the legislature designates red drum, speckled trout and striped bass as gamefish.