CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. — Commercial fishing advocates are voicing strong opposition to the 2013 Fisheries Economic Development Act.
It would designate Red Drum, Spotted Sea Trout, and Striped Bass as coastal game fish. The bill also provides funds for dredging and the Marine Fisheries Observer Programs. Proponents of the game fish portion say it’s a necessary, economic allocation.
“Our public trust resources in salt water need to be allocated to the user group that is going to provide North Carolina with the highest total return and that’s exactly what game fish does,” said Chuck Laughridge with the Coastal Conservation Association.
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