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    Posted: 24 May 2018 at 1:44pm

Hopefully lies and ignorance do not trump sustainable fisheries management.

Now politics....that's a different story.

We've seen past Commissions completely unbalanced by the heavy thumbs of Marc Basnight and Beverly Perdue tilting the scale to commercial fishing interests driving unsustainable fisheries.

The results are-

Blue Crab-  overfished with overfishing occurring

Southern Flounder- Overfished with overfishing occurring for the past twenty years and heading towards a complete collapse of the fishery.

Gray trout- overfished and so severely depleted that a directed fishery is not allowed, and with no recovery in sight.

Spot and Croaker- Historically low landings, decreasing age and size structures with the shrimp trawl industry responsible for 80% of all mortality, as discards, in the directed and non-directed fisheries for both the commercial and recreational sectors combined.

Central Southern Area Striped Bass-  An unsustainable fishery with the commercial sector responsible for 85% of all mortality on a stock that all credible biologists say is a 90% to 100% stocked put-grow-take fishery paid for with federal and state dollars intended for sport fish restoration.

Red Drum-  A past commercial friendly commission allowed a daily commercial bycatch fishery to reduce "regulatory discards"- an unenforceable goal that has resulted in an illegal targeted fishery with black market sales.

...and the list goes on.

Thank you Governor's McCrory and Cooper for appointing fair minded, resource oriented commissioners to the MFC.

The NC Legislature should let them do their job.

...and they should do their job without delay while being free from intimidation and coercion, and with the cooperation and support of DMF staff.


Edited by Rick - 24 May 2018 at 2:07pm
NC Fisheries Management- Motto: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad   Slogan: Shrimp On! Mission Statement: Enable Commercial Fishing At Any and All Cost, Regardless of Impact to the Resource.
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