Outdoors: Bill to give red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass game-fish status still alive as part of study
Lost in the drama of the state Legislature's back-and-forth budget bill bickering during its last session was an issue that could change the face of coastal sportfishing in North Carolina.
Having failed this spring to reel in votes, the legislators who proposed declaring three species of fish off-limits to commercial fishermen are instead asking their colleagues to create a committee dedicated to studying that idea.
A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., seeks to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Service is required to set catch limits based on several factors supported by a group of industry associations.
Washington, DC – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1), joined by 17 colleagues in the House and the Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to improve federal management of major saltwater fisheries to ensure a balanced approach in the conservation and management of saltwater fish.
Anglers and industry groups unite to address catch limit problems in federal saltwater fisheries
A bill introduced by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) seeks to ensure that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Fisheries Service is required to set catch limits based on sound science. The bi-partisan legislation, known as the Fishery Science Improvement Act (FSIA), is endorsed by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus as well as a broad coalition of conservation, sportfishing and marine industry groups.
We've covered fish closures a lot here on GoFISHn. And, unfortunately, most of those fish closures have caused a lot of debate because of the lack of information that has lead to shutting down these fishing seasons.
HB353, the NC Game Fish Bill for four species including striped bass has been sent to a special study committee and will not be voted on this year.
As the 2011 General Assembly wound to a close last week, lawmakers didn't have enough time – or energy – to take on controversial legislation that would prohibit the sale of three types of popular fish caught off the N.C. coast.
Legislation proposed to put striped bass off limits to commercial watermen by designating the species a gamefish has been put under the umbrella of a new legislative study committee.