The question of our Legislature’s passing a new law that would make three of North Carolina’s more popular saltwater fishes “game fish” is raising some hackles across the sportfishing community as well as with the commercial fishing interest. In some ways it’s like the battle going on in Congress between the Republicans and the Democrats. Both sides have their faults and good points.
CCA Comments on Amendment 18 to the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery Management Plano for the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic
After a decade of over-fishing that lasted until 2007, are we still not doing enough to avert the extinction of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean?
“The days-at-sea program is being sold as a benefit for conservation, data collection and management, but all of those things can be achieved by means other than catch shares and sector separation,” said Bird. “Additionally, the Council could help the entire recreational sector and not just the charter and headboat operators by reallocating the red snapper fishery properly in the first place...”
While H.B. 353 makes a compelling case for greater economic benefits to North Carolina through game fish status, currently commercial fishermen pay no state sales tax on any item they use while fishing, and another bill currently in play seeks to have commercial fishing boats avoid paying property taxes altogether:
PENDER COUNTY,NC (WECT)- A proposed "game fish status" bill has many local commercial fishermen upset and recreational fishermen excited for better tourism opportunities.
HOUMA — One of this region’s least-noticed fisheries will be working under new regulations starting next month.
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NOAA’s Fisheries Service will require commercial fishermen who fish for yellowfin tuna, swordfish and other species with longlines in the Gulf of Mexico to use a new type of hook, called a weak hook, designed to reduce the incidental catch of Atlantic bluefin tuna. The hooks will be required starting May 5, 2011.
4,000 concrete culverts set to go in nearshore waters this summer
The CCA Texas Habitat Today for Fish Tomorrow (HTFT) program continues to pursue its aggressive goal to develop reefing projects in state waters all along the coast and has announced plans to drop 4,000 concrete culverts in a designated 160-acre reefing site off Port Mansfield this summer.