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    Posted: 14 January 2021 at 11:09am
The link below to a WRAL article is a perfect example of why there is general overall distrust in our fisheries management system that starts with NCDMF and extends to APNEP, SeaGrant, the NC Coastal Federation, NC Catch, our research universities and the commercial fishing industry. 

There exists an unhealthy and deeply conflicted relationship between these groups and individuals which has clouded the vision of those with missions to research, regulate and restore of our important coastal resources. There has been almost complete industry capture of both the research and regulatory sectors of management. Industry has captured the agencies responsible for regulation and agency grant funding has captured research.

This incestuous relationship blocks any attempt to manage unsustainable commercial gears and practices in NC. The research universities are beholding to senior staff at NCDMF/Sea Grant and mostly toe the line. There are no grant requests to legitimately study the effect of killing 1/2-billion juvenile fin and forage fish annually in the Pamlico Sound shrimp trawl fishery. Such a request would make that research professor persona non grata as a grant recipient for any future agency backed grants.

But, our tax dollars will fund plenty of studies like this one on how climate change might contribute to larvae entering the Pamlico Sound two months early and not have adequate forage or hiding places due to seasonal changes in marsh and sea grass habitats.

The concern is "
they could have trouble finding food AND a safe place to hide from predators, making it harder to survive".

This is a study to which there is no answer for control- https://www.wral.com/is-climate-change-impacting-fish-along-the-nc-coast/19470426/

This study will surely be used as an excuse for why we are seeing decline in our spot, croaker and weakfish populations in the Pamlico Sound- the larvae are entering the sound too early and not surviving!

If that would be the case, it is all the more reason to study the effect of annually killing 1/2 billion of our economically important fin and forge species as bycatch in the Pamlico shrimp trawl fishery. Let's do all we reasonably can to protect those larvae that do survive to juvenile stage.


(This is shrimp trawling in the Pamlico Sound.)



Why is a researcher concerned about larvae not having "a safe place to hide from predators" when the number one predator in the Pamlico Sound is this-







As many as fifty of those trawlers will be working the Pamlico Sound on a single day during shrimp season and can be seen in satellite imagines like the one below. There is literally no place to hide!





The recent issue of CCA-Tidelines summed up the problem with these words-
As Mary Christina Wood wrote so eloquently in her book, Nature's Trust, "government will continue to impoverish natural resources until our society can no longer sustain itself. Environmental statutes passed to protect resources can fulfill their purpose only if the agencies act on behalf of the public they constitutionally serve. Environmental statutes do not declare a purpose of allowing rampant resource destruction, but we know from experience that they will accomplish precisely that result if the agencies stay captive to the industries they are supposed to regulate."

Dr. Wood lays out two paths for leadership: "The direction in which government chooses to devote its energy depends on whether leaders pursue the politics of scarcity or the politics of abundance." With politics of scarcity, we watch as "officials use the power of the state primarily to divide the last crumbs (allocating to the most politically powerful individuals). The politics of abundance, by contrast, reach persistently and undauntingly toward protecting and building natural wealth." Fisheries management in North Carolina has often come down to arguing over who gets those last crumbs as our coastal fish stocks have been stretched to the breaking point. Look for it in the upcoming Southern flounder and Estuarine Striped Bass FMP's later this year. Instead of arguing over those crumbs, and giving them to the most politically powerful, we need leadership to start rebuilding the natural wealth of North Carolina for the people of North Carolina.


We cannot depend on our agencies to do the right thing and the universities aren't going to help by shedding light on the real problems.

Our conservation groups like CCA-NC, NCCFRG and NCWF are our only answer at this point.

https://ccanc.org/ccanc_lawsuit/
https://www.nccfrg.org/
https://ncwf.org/something-fishy/somethingfishyarticle/

Edited by Rick - 14 January 2021 at 12:19pm
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If climate change is negatively impacting survivorship of young fish then killing them as bycatch further compounds the problem.

So, two points:
  • Are there so many young fish that wasting large numbers of them does not matter. The thrust of the research referenced in my original post at least implies it does matter, if not why do the research.
  • If there is not a surplus of young fish wasting them as bycatch makes little sense and compounds any problem created by climate change.

When is NOAA, ASMFC, NCDMF, NCMFC, SeaGrant, APNEP, etc going to acknowledge the shrimp trawl bycatch problem and honestly address the issue?

If they can't, maybe a judge will.

Please support the CCA-NC and NCCFRG lawsuits with your donations.

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Edited by Rick - 21 January 2021 at 10:35am
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