Jones Calls For Action On Fisheries Laws

Commercial fishermen across eastern Carolina have been sounding off over enforcement of fisheries laws, saying it's putting their livelihood in jeopardy. Now there's a call for the man in charge of enforcing those laws to step down.

Third District Republican Congressman Walter Jones is among those calling on Dale Jones, the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Fisheries Law Enforcement - to resign his position.

The call comes after the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Commerce recently released the findings of its 7-month investigation which found "systemic nationwide" problems with the way NOAA enforces U.S. fisheries laws.

Congressmen Jones is also calling a hold on all active prosecutions of fishermen until problems are resolved.


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  • by peterpan on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    Kill 'em all, have a ball! I like to see turtles swimming...with potatoes and onions! Save a fisherman eat locally caught seafood! Friends don't let friends eat imported seafood. Commercial fisherman an endangered species. NMF= no more fishing. period, for anyone! when the fisherman are gone, who are you people going to blame then?
  • by grneweene on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    pirate91 the trawlers coming in to Oriental do not shrimp right there. they shrimp out in the sound or ocean. what you are seeing is from the little recreational fishing boats out there playing with their little gear. and don't forget the fish kills from lack of proper levels of O2, etc. i suggest you educate yourself on what,where and how trawlers operate before you make a comment that is completely false and unfounded. if you lived it you'd know it. they don't dump their by-catch as they are coming in to the dock or at the dock. they dump it overboard as they are sorting through it, out in the ocean or sound,and guess what? the crabs and other creatures eat them! doesn't that make you all warm and fuzzy?geeze. this is what kills me - people that are uneducated about something making statements for which they have no knowledge. I wonder, how many of you are members of the CCA? bet there are quite a few!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Mar 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    You go Dennis. Basnight should be removed from office due to corrupt riff raff he's been involved with for so many years deceiving the public. Walter B. Jones is a prime example of what a representative is suppose to be. He truly cares for North Carolina and it's people. Vote for conservatives who will use our vast wealth of natural resources. Drill here drill now and remove the enemy traitors in DC and state capitols!!! Remove the Muslim from the White House and vote for a real American who fought for & loves his country!!! Our complete US History & Christian heritage should be taught before anything else in schools and colleges. Remove those who oppose those things and lets get back to the way things ought to be. Too many in our nation have compromised their faith in God and have gone from doing what's right to doing everything that is wrong or evil. Folks, we have to literally turn or burn. God will repair the damages done by Obama & the liberals but we have to turn to him first.
  • by Pirate91 Location: Land O Lakes, Fl on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    I lived in NC for 37 years, born and raised, before moving to FL. NC has netting, FL does not. I've fished both states plenty. The difference is amazing. Where as in NC speckled trout could be hard to come by, down here they are almost a nuisance when trying to catch other species. One of the big problems wioth the fishery in NC is the "by catch" when shrimping. By catch is a bunch of little dead croakers, spot, trout, drum and the list goes on. I've seen big floating piles of "by catch" around Oriental after all those big shrimpers have been through the night before. If you say it ain't a problem, you've got your head in the sand.
  • by Dennis Location: CHOWAN COUNTY on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    MARC BASNIGHT HAS DEVESTATED THE FISHING ON THE NC COAST.IF YOU LIKE CATCHING 4 INCH MINNOW CROCKERS KEEP VOTING FOR MARC BASNIGHT. GAS IS GOING BACK TO 4 OR 5.00 PER GAL. IF THATS YOU THING VOTE FOR MARC BASNIGHT. GAS PRICES HAS TAKEN THIS COUNTRY AND STATE TO ITS KNEES, OBOMA, ALL OF WASHINGTON AND RALEIGH KNOW ALL ABOUT IT AND HAVE THERE LIPS SEALED. THEY DON'T NEED TO GO THEY HAVE GOT TO GO IN ORDER TO SAVE OUR STATE AND COUNTRY,
  • by D Location: Morehead on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    Sounds like you people don't know how to fish so you blame the commercial guys. I am neither however I have a friend who said the fishing around Beaufort was great this year. LOL
  • by BAN GILL NETS! on Mar 5, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    You said it Fishy!
  • by BAN GILL NETS!! Location: Surf City on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    All this is is a political move to hold up the sea turtle lawsuit. They know they are in violation of the Endangered Species Act, so face it and let the court decide. Don't keep trying to put it off!
  • by Rich Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2010 at 03:55 AM
    Ive fished the waters around Beafort inlet for many years,in the last two years I had to move my boat out of the way or be run over by a commercial guy more then five times, and the fishing is not the same ,three years ago I caught over 30 trout thispast year I caught one, raise the size, cut the amount all you want but the commercial guys will still push you out and take all they want till the fish are gone!
  • by Fishy Location: Beaufort on Mar 5, 2010 at 03:49 AM
    The problem lies in mixed areas. First the NOAA and NMFS are follwing the Magneson/Stevens act which is a model projecting fish stocks based on habitat, and since humans are creating alot more habitat than has ever exsisted the science behind the act is flawed. They are closing viable fisheries at a rate that commercial and recreational fishermen are not able to target non threatened species. Resulting in a decline into the fishing dollars pumped into the economy, which is a whole lot ecspecially on the coast. BUT another problem lies in the commercial fishermans ability to adapt to the changing clime of the world and trying to find a more friendly way to fish, They dont, simple as that. Instead of trying to find compromise they insist on using hundred year old techniques because they are effective but are also not in any way eco friendly. So commercial fishermen cry about tradition and way of life instead of trying to adapt their methods to meet the new challenges head on.
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