Gulf red snapper saga continues
The long history of upside-down federal management of Gulf red snapper continued this week with NOAA Fisheries announcing more good news about the health of the fishery contrasted against the shortest recreational season on record: just 48 days. Coastal Conservation Association has warned that such absurd measures are inevitable until the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council conducts a reallocation of the fishery based on modern criteria.
Pender County commissioners on April 4 voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing House Bill 353, which would grant gamefish status to several saltwater fish species.
Formal written comments on the Priority Objectives of the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lake
The recreational fishing and boating community is anxious to engage in the National Ocean Policy development to insure our community is adequately represented in this significant policymaking process.
The fight over three species of popular fish is heating up along the coast and in the state capital, but it remains uncertain whether the General Assembly will take action on the “game fish” issue this year.
Consider the following facts: 1) Red drum, spotted seatrout (speckled trout) and striped bass (rockfish) are three of the most popular saltwater species for recreational anglers in North Carolina. 2) All three of those fish have experienced declines in recent decades due to over-fishing, with trout currently under the most stress. 3) North Carolina’s state government is experiencing a financial crisis with plans for cuts in vital services and personnel being announced almost daily.
BARNEGAT LIGHT - U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan wants commercial and recreational fishermen to be able to catch more fish, and in the process create more jobs.
To the Editor:
BURGAW - The commissioners have agreed, some reluctantly, to revisit a proclamation they passed earlier this month that opposes a NC House bill that would prevent commercial fisherman from catching certain types of fish.
After years of overfishing, many fish populations have begun to recover. On Monday, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that New England’s fishermen will be allowed to increase their catch of 11 commercially important fish stocks in Atlantic waters this summer.
In “Let Us Eat Fish” (Op-Ed, April 15), Ray Hilborn writes that studies showing a worldwide decline in fish stocks are exaggerated and that most fish stocks are stable.