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.
If there's one accomplishment President Obama can take credit for during his first term in office, it's expanding the size and reach of the federal government. While this may be good for government bureaucrats, the policies and regulations imposed by the Obama Administration are hurting American businesses and impeding economic recovery.
Without enough of them off the Carolina coast, Vernon's charter fishing business, Double Haul Guide Service, would be up the creek.
Gloucester's Charles Brown says current fisheries managment led to crash of Pamilico, Albermarle sounds.
Charles Brown of Gloucester hails from a fifth-generation Down East fishing family, and proudly proclaims, “I’ve done it all.”
This past fall, I didn’t take a trip down to the North Carolina coast. Neither did a few of my friends.
The illusion continues for NOAA Fisheries.