North Carolina fisheries officials have canceled the spring red drum fishing season because so many of the species were caught during the fall.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reports (http://bit.ly/1izGt3j) that means commercial fisherman will go nearly a year without a red drum season.
The state's red drum plan splits the state's commercial harvest into two seasons: a Sept. 1 to April 30 season is allocated 150,000 pounds and a May 1 to Aug. 31 season is allocated 100,000 pounds.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries closed the 2013 fall/winter season Nov. 23 after numbers from electronically reported trip tickets showed fishermen had caught more than 144,000 pounds of the 150,000-pound limit. Later calculations showed the catch was almost 261,000 pounds, more than is allowed annually.
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