The argument over who gets access to the state's fisheries involves four main North Carolina fish species: estuarine striped bass, southern flounder, striped mullet, and spotted seatrout. The most recent data available shows that all these species are impacted by overfishing.

The Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina (CCA-NC) is a recreational fishing and environmental advocacy organization. It’s suing the state over the use of gillnets and shrimp trawling in inshore coastal waters, like estuaries.

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