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    Posted: 10 January 2020 at 12:17pm

May I remind you that the total control of this falls on the shoulders of Governor Roy Cooper with one acceptation which would be the voters of North Carolina. The ball will soon be in our court. It’s called election time.


North Carolina’s Fishing Decline……No Corrective Movement Seen By State Leaders Only More Concerns

Tim Wilson January 9, 2020

As we move slowly into the colder days of winter we circle back around to the last days of summer and fall. During those days the hot topic was about the impact of the Flounder regulations that bans fishing for recreational anglers and most of commercial fisherman. Since those days there’s been considerable discussion about the regulation and more importantly the reason for this impactful event. The reason has proven to be a poorly applied bandage on a massive hemorrhage to the North Carolina fishing resource.

To bring you up to date, North Carolina has the worst managed fishery on the east coat of the United States and it declines more every day. The Flounder regulation was the state’s effort to appear proactive in the midst of a resource emergency that is unparalleled by the state. Well before the Flounder regulation debacle, the alarm bells had been sounded by multiple groups and organizations. These significant and positive efforts did little towards changing the state’s way of managing the fishing resource. Over the past few months efforts to communicate with Governor Roy Cooper’s office has resulted in no movement. The only response was that of Ford Porter of the governor’s office, being noncommittal on its prospects, according to a post on Raleigh’s WRAL website. A request by The North Carolina Coastal Fisheries Reform Group to officials of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality did agree to meet, limiting the meeting to just 60 minutes, which was declined. The North Carolina Coastal Fisheries Reform Group also published a website that details the many statistics, issues and potential solutions to the growing fishery problems. In mid-December a link to a website that details Governor Cooper’s promise to protect the North Carolina fishing resource has be replaced by a fund- raising page for Roy Cooper’s 2020 campaign. In a recent development, The North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries has come under scrutiny by WRAL TV for the potential mis-management of North Carolina fishing license fees. Raising greater concerns over the agency’s management.

Today, multiple groups and individuals work to gain the attention of those that are responsible for turning the tide of this problem. We see no interest from the North Carolina Marine Fisheries. They continue to conduct business in the same failing ways that got us to this point. The governor’s office continues to ignore the promises made prior to the last election and have even removed those promises from public view. May I remind you that the total control of this falls on the shoulders of Governor Roy Cooper with one acceptation which would be the voters of North Carolina. The ball will soon be in our court. It’s called election time.

If significant changes in fishery management are not quickly made our state will suffer substantial economic disaster. Today, North Carolina is one of the top 10 most visited states in the United States. That will change with the continued decline and possible demise of the fishing resource. This impact will be spread across many industries that support the North Carolina economy. Industries like hotels and motels, but also boat builders and dealers, tackle manufacturers and retailers, fishing charters and guides, restaurants, marinas and even real estate.

You have to ask yourself why this is happening. Why are the leaders of our state government just looking the other way while our fishing resource continues to slip away? What is driving their complacent and defiant attitude that is taking away a once healthy and productive state resource? Why is a problem of this magnitude not worth more than 60 minutes discussion? Why do they pretend that nothing is wrong and therefore refuse to listen to the over 1,000,000 North Carolina fishermen and women? This includes both the recreational and commercial anglers. Why are they not concerned that the state’s commercial fishermen are struggling to make a decent living as the fish stocks continue to decline? Is it ignorance or is it greed or just a lack of respect that has been the heart of North Carolina for over 300 years? It’s probably all the above. It’s about a personal agenda.

Today the state’s plan is to continue to manage the fishing resource into oblivion. Their current plan is more of the same as the plans that brought on this tragic time, the worst in North Carolina’s history. The state’s fishing resource is mine and yours and all those that respect it and come to enjoy it. It does not belong to the small group of politicians and bureaucrats that have hijacked it and now ignore us as if we don’t notice.

What needs to be done?

  • Reach out to your state representative and share your concerns.
  • Ask that representative what their position is on this important issue.
  • Ask more question if they don’t give the right answers.
  • Share your concerns with your local newspaper and ask them to cover this ongoing story.
  • Educate your fishing community like fishing clubs and groups and ask them to reach out to government representatives.
  • And remember, this should be a key voting factor in this year’s election.

Please feel free to email us at Coastal Carolina Fisherman if we can help you take part in changing the direction of North Carolina’s fishing decline.

Below is a re-print of a poll that was recently taken that shows that over 90% of coastal North Carolina anglers have significant concerns on how the state’s fishing resource is being managed.

Below are again the results in a recent poll that was taken on November 24, 2019 of Coastal Carolina Fisherman website viewers.  These results are based on 230 responses.

Do you feel that North Carolina’s fishing resource has been mis-managed?                                                                   Yes: 97.8%           No: 2.2%

Do you feel the NC government has been responsive to the current fishery problem?                                                                    Yes: 9.5%             No: 90.5%

Do you believe that trawling should be banned from North Carolina’s sounds and rivers?                                                                         Yes: 94%              No: 6%

Would you like to see the NC State Legislature re-organize the fishery resource management?                                                          Yes: 98.4%           No: 1.6%


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Get Bowed Up Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 January 2020 at 12:45pm
They offered an hour and that was declined????

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How timely of Jerry to start the list for us....


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:


NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
The Senate and House go into session at noon on Tuesday, January 14 th . This special session isn’t expected to last long with the main issue being possible override of some of the bills vetoed by Governor Cooper. The “short session” will begin sometime in April/May.
FEDERAL:
NCFA will be making a trip to Washington DC in the upcoming weeks. We’ll be meeting with our congressional delegation and staffs about specific federal fisheries issues and the H-2B guest worker program.
NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE RACES FOR 2020 PRIMARY:
Listed below are some of the races for North Carolina Senate and House for the primary. Only those of particular interest to the fishing industry are shown. This list is not inclusive with all candidates, but is meant to give you an idea of what to expect in the primary, which will be held on March 3 rd . More detailed information will be noted in the upcoming weeks, including candidate forums and/or meet and greet.

SENATE
District:           Candidate       
1           Bob Steinburg; unopposed in the   primary
2           Norman Sanderson; unopposed in the primary
6           Harry Brown is NOT running in 2020.
7           Jim Perry has a primary with Billy Strickland
8           Bill Rabon; unopposed in the primary
9           Harper Peterson is unopposed in the primary as is his opponent Mike Lee who was defeated by Peterson in 2018
10         Brent Jackson; unopposed in the primary
26         Jerry Tillman; unopposed in the primary
33         Carl Ford; unopposed in the primary

HOUSE
District:          Candidate
1           Ed Goodwin; unopposed in the primary
2           Larry Yarborough; unopposed in the primary
3           Michael Speciale is NOT running in 2020. In the Republican primary are: Jim Kohr, Eric Queen, Guy Smith &   Steve Tyson
4           Jimmy Dixon; unopposed in the primary
5            Howard Hunter has primary opposition in the Democrat primary by Keith Rivers
6           Bobby Hanig has a primary by Rob Rollason
10         John Bell; unopposed in the primary
12         Chris Humphrey; unopposed in the primary
13          Pat McElraft; unopposed in the primary
14          George Cleveland has a primary with Cindy Edwards
15         Phil Shepard has a primary with Mark Price
16         Carson Smith; unopposed in the primary
17         Frank Iler; unopposed in the primary
18         Deb Butler; unopposed in the primary
19          Open Seat; both Democrats & Republicans have contested primaries
20         Ted Davis has a primary with David Perry
79         Keith Kidwell; unopposed in the primary
83         Larry Pittman has a primary with Jay White



Edited by Rick - 10 January 2020 at 3:32pm
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TomM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2020 at 5:33pm
So who is running that would be resource friendly 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cnaff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2020 at 9:17am
1)What's "acceptation"? 2)Let's by all means give Billy his hour and see if he waxes into some sort of conservationist position, you know, on behalf of us loyal followers who sense he must GAS about something beyond cobia exploitation. 3)If damn near all concerned anglers voted for a resource friendly set of politicians, WHERE WOULD THOSE POLITICIANS COME FROM?



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote marker39 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2020 at 8:03pm
A LOT of unopposed in that list that are no friend of the resource.

In fact, is there any coastal legislators that are?

I sent an email to all of them a while back about the bag limits per state and got ZERO reply.

If I was retired and didn't have grand kids I would be moving tomorrow.

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Va or Sc. I luckily have some good freshwater 
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Looks like we can rule out VA with their new gun policies.

Prepare for an invasion of SC!
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Already moved there - James Island SC
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