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Report: Overfishing getting worse

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WILMINGTON -- Overfishing is becoming more and more of a threat to Carolina waters. That's according to a report released Wednesday by Environment North Carolina, a statewide environmental organization.

Josh Jones from Environment North Carolina presented the findings Wednesday to a concerned local group that included fishermen and environmental advocates.

Jones says commercial and recreational fishermen alike need to be aware of the threat of over-fishing.

"We're trying to raise awareness so that people can contact their officials and get conversations going with these officials and say, 'We want to see over-fishing end,'" Jones said.

Recreational fisherman Gary Henderson said, "I've noticed a huge decrease in the amount of fish that are available. I've noticed a major change in the clarity of the water."

According to the report, four of 11 fish in our region are overfished and more are headed in that direction.

View the full report here (PDF)

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