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MOREHEAD CITY | The commercial red drum season reopened this week in North Carolina coastal waters but with stricter harvest limits than last year.
 
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission agreed at its August meeting to approve plans by Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel to reopen the season Sept. 1 with a lower bycatch allowance.
 
Commercial fishermen will be allowed a seven-fish-per day bycatch allowance, so long as the weight of flounder, striped mullet, bluefish or black drum on board exceeds the weight of the red drum, according to information from the Division of Marine Fisheries.
 
For the past several years, the allowance has been 10 fish and any finfish species except menhaden could serve as the target species.
 
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