|Economic Value of Spotted Seatrout, Red Drum, and Striped Bass to NC|
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Comparison of the Economic Impact of the Striped Bass, Red Drum and Spotted Seatrout Fisheries by Sector in North Carolina
Prepared by Gentner Consulting Group, Incorporated
April 8th, 2011
The fisheries for striped bass, spotted seatrout and red drum are very economically important to the state of North Carolina (NC). Collectively, these three species account for a large proportion of all recreational fishing trips taken in NC. Currently House Bill 353, Designation of Coastal Gamefish, seeks to reallocate 100% of the allowed harvest of these three stocks to the recreational sector. This short analysis examines the current economic impacts of each sector.