The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries upgraded the status of a handful of popular saltwater species in its annual stock status report released last week.

The report upgraded to “viable” the status of spotted sea trout, king mackerel, black drum and kingfish. It upgraded gag grouper from “concern” to “recovering.” A popular baitfish, menhaden, was upgraded from concern to viable. The viable status means the stock is not overfished and is not experiencing overfishing.

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