Appropriations aspect keeps gamefish bill afloat

By on May 19, 2013

(N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries)

(N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries)

A bill that would ban commercial fisherman from catching puppy drum, speckled trout, and estuary striped bass is still very much alive in the General Assembly, despite earlier conflicting reports.

The gamefish legislation, which would only allow the hook-and-line catches of the three popular species, is considered a state spending bill because it also would compensate commercial fisherman for losing out on selling the fish and includes money to pay for inlet dredging.

Because the bill is considered an appropriation measure, it was exempt from having to meet last week’s crossover deadline.

Most bills had to be approved by at least one chamber by Thursday to have a chance of becoming law this year.

Rep. Paul Tine of Kitty Hawk says the gamefish bill has significant opposition in the House, and could be modified to only ban red drum from being commercially caught.

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May 23, 2013 5:34 am

Its really simple. Who should have access to these fish? Someone who has a 40 hour week job and fishes for a hobby, or someone whos makes a living fishing. Lets hope it don’t come down to choosing. I hope everybody can have access.


May 21, 2013 5:52 pm

@KDH, because the CCA is a vile self serving organization hell bent to get a net ban. I have fought these people since the 80s. And I am a recreational fisherman. This vile group cannot keep a chapter here on the OBX because people here are more informed than other places. Tis is real bad legislation, and you better read then fine print because the commercial guys will insist that it be followed to the letter of the law. Be very careful what you wish for! BTW this isn’t the Gulf in any way shape or form!!!!!


May 21, 2013 11:36 am

In the articles that have been written on the subject, the amount of fisherman still making a living netting this fish in the estuaries is small. I believe they even said that those who did were only part time. So I am wondering why they wouldn’t want this to pass if it meant they were going to get subsidized. I mean free money!
This has already been done in SC, GA, FL, AL, and having fished a great deal in those places I know first hand the fishing is outstanding there. So, it seems to have worked in those states why are so many people thinking this will not have a positive impact in NC?


May 20, 2013 9:24 pm

Any legislation passed to “pay off” commercial fisherman for their loss most certainly does not take into account the children or families of these commercial fisherman that will ultimately be left without the catch as they try to continue a tradition and culture. These commercial fishing families hold fast onto a tradition passed down to them from their families and hope to pass the same to their children. Fight this bill to the fullest and let your voice be heard. Today it’s trout and drum. Tomorrow it will be peelers and clams. Do not let them take your culture and tradition from you. It’s a ploy and a false buy out. Let your voice be heard. I speak for those commercial fishing families I have had the opportunity to fish along side.

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