NC Bill To Designate 'Game Fish' Splits Anglers

A bill that would designate three types of fish as coastal game fish is pitting commercial fishermen against recreational anglers.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported Saturday that the bill would bar the sale of red drum, spotted sea trout and striped bass and would require those species be taken by hook and line fishing only.

The bill gives commercial fishermen some relief by having the state pay them what they would have made off those fish for three years, up to $1 million each.

The goal is the preservation of the species, but the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries opposes the bill. Agency director Louis Daniel says game fish status would give the recreational fishermen preference over commercial ones.

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  • by allen Location: plymouth on Apr 16, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    sort and sweet the nead to past the bill commercial fisherman are kill them off
  • by Jim Location: Hyde Co on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    The only person who told the truth is Kathy from Belhaven. The netters should be selling more eels and softshell crabs etc. They need to change the local co. laws which are anti economic and let these people built shedders etc in every County. There is an extremely high demand for eels and softshells. Thanks!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    how in the world are you suppose to be able to eat fresh seafood if the dang government wont let you catch it. the stupid government would rather send their money overseas than give it to their own people.
  • by larry sadler Location: hyde county on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    kathy. there is no way you have known, met or even been associated with a commercial fisherman. the fish that have been depleted from the surrounding waters is due to people like you trying to regulate something that you know nothing about. do you realize how many striped bass and drum are out there that are (per government regulations) eating up all them (FISH)that you are so worried about? its not the commercial fisherman that are killing the fish. its people like you who dont have a clue as to whats going on that want to make up some stupid regulations. do some research and get out of your plane for a while and you might actually discover that its people like you that are ruining this world. maybe you should run for governor one day. you would fit in well.
  • by Kathy Location: Belhaven on Mar 29, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    I am an older Pilot and I have made it my business for years to watch the hidden little known effects of these trawlers and netters. Seen hundreds of netters throw back so many thousands of dead fish (by-catch). Met and known many commercial fishermen. So many are involved in DRUGS etc. These people are destroying our esturaries and rivers and sounds. They lie and hide their terrible morals on killing and taking so many fish. Trust me these commercial fishermen and fisherwomen are the lowest form of life!! They will kill everything alive to line their pocketbooks. They will kill the last fish on earth while the Recreational rod and reelers and their children pay the price. It's time in our state to eliminated these no good netters who make all of the rest of us suffer!!! I watched the killing go on for years of these killers. Also up in our rivers the other day I saw hundreds of dead L M Bass and perch and small flounder and S trout floating dead beside the boat of a netter in the Pamlico Pungo River area!!! It happens all the time. The NCDMF and the NCMFC are crooked Liars and make decisions to Look after their pocketbooks. We let them Kill and Steal our resources and line their pocketbooks. PLEASE HEAR ME?? They are killing our childrens chances to catch fish with rod and reel and they will not quit until it's too late!!!! Thanks for those who really see the problem is Nets and Druggies and Alchoholics Net fishing. Foreigners and lowlifes everywhere in NC stealing our fish hurting our future generations for their greedy pocketbooks.
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      by Mike on Apr 1, 2011 at 03:27 PM in reply to Kathy
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      by larry sadler on Apr 1, 2011 at 05:09 PM in reply to Kathy
      lady i dont know who you are but you dont know anything about a commercial fisherman. let me tell you something, my dad has been a commercial fisherman all his life as well as the rest of my family. theres not one of them that wouldnt give you the shirt off their back. they struggle every day to make a living. and that goes for just about all the commercial fisherman here in hyde co. so for you to make those comments really makes me wish i could find out who you are so me and you could have a very long talk. its a good thing witn wont let me really say what i want to say. you cant be from eastern nc. NO WAY
  • by mike Location: enc on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    One of the legends of commercial fishing onec told me that when there are lots of fish, there are lots of fishermen, when there are less fish there is less fishermen. All of the fisheries are cyclical. Not one of the so called experts know how many fish are in the waters. We have more fish today than I can remember and neither the recreation or the commercial fishermen have hurt the population. It started when the Army Corps of Engineers decided to drain all of the swamps back in the 60's and allowed the runoff to go unfiltered. You can blame anyone you want, but the truth is that the so called "experts" are the ones that have created the problems, if not, how have the fish survived all these years before the swamps were drained. Yes, some of the limits and catch quotas are good, but don't kill an entire industry. We have more rock and drum now that we have ever had. The speckled trout can't stand cold weather and they will return as they always have. Kill the Bill.
  • by jojo Location: enc on Mar 21, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    most fish served in restuarants are commerially raised not from our fishermen!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    Start taxing this low priced poorly regulated foreign fish and get off these guys back regionally.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    I only game fish but show me the science that supports these changes and I will be fine with it. Dont take away a mans livelyhood based on concerns. Do the science.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Mar 21, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    Hey Sam, glad to see you. I agree with your post completely and want to keep our seafood NC caught by NC folks. This legislation, while benefiting the fish, hurts the NC economy. However, I've got to say that I'm okay with it because this will at least allow the populations to rebound somewhat so that in a few years we can re-evaluate our system and hopefully improve it. The issue in my mind is by freezing it temporarily then how good will it be in a few years? Is it worth it? Frankly I don't think anybody likes the gill nets. How many dolphins/porpoise have we all seen dead on shore wrapped in a net with no owner in sight? Either way there will always be controversy and unhappy people. In a few months/years when this bill gets overturned then the other side will be angry again, this issue will never be resolved. I think everyone is just tired of the wasted fish.
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      by larry on Apr 1, 2011 at 01:03 PM in reply to Bud
      hey bud, how many of these dead whales that are washing up on the beaches wrapped in gill nets? guess thats the commercial fishermans fault too huh ? whoever supports this bill is an idiot.

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