The primary concern that CCA has with sector separation is that taking fish from private boat anglers does not seem to provide any benefit for recreational anglers, the states, or for state budgets. I'd like to stress that we have no quarrel with the charter/for-hire sector - we see them as our partners and allies in recreational angling. We are concerned about pitting one group of anglers against another. We don't want to stand here and fight the charter/for-hire guys for days on the water down the road.
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, which regulates summer flounder, recommended increasing the 2012 harvest by 1.6 million pounds to 35.55 million pounds, at a meeting this week.
The discarding of hundreds, if not thousands, of dead striped bass by a trawler off the N.C. coast early this year has spurred state regulators to consider new rules for the commercial catch of the species.
In what has become a veritable campaign of misinformation, Pew Environment Group issued yet another statement in support of setting annual catch limits on marine fisheries species without the benefit of science-based assessments.
Influential marine scientist Brian Rothschild has charged NOAA with adopting an "unnecessarily hard-line," wrong, wasteful and job-destroying interpretation of Congress' intent for managing America's fisheries.
Sponsors say several species more valuable to weekend anglers than those who fish for a living
RALEIGH--Red drum, spotted sea trout, and striped bass could be taken off the menu and off the market if a bill designating the three fish "game fish" becomes law. The law would make the species off-limits to commerical fishermen and consumers in order to preserve them for sports fishermen.
A North Carolina bill would make red drum, spotted sea trout and striped bass off limits to commercial fishermen in order to preserve them for sport fishermen.
Fish farmers are one step closer to raising tuna like chicken, a long-held dream for the industry.
A crucial NC Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) meeting that was to be held this week in Raleigh has been cancelled because no commercial fishing representatives will be able to show up.
The prospect of farming the endangered bluefin tuna from eggs to fully mature adults has come a step closer with the first natural mass spawning of the species in captivity.