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Baby fish and commercial catch

If the backward facing idiots that are suppose to be protecting our marine fisheries were doing the responsible thing, they would know that the best thing to do is put all of the sounds and marine estuaries off limits to netting of any kind. Most other states have either caught on to this and done something or are managing the stocks in other ways with limited netting seasons in spawn areas. NC is the last place to come to it's senses and do something productive. Mostly because of the cohorts managing the marine fisheries are too busy scratching each others backs to notice what works. One of the most powerful lobbies out there in this state is the commercial fishers lobby and time and again they get exactly what they want. When the numbers were down several years ago they pressed for more catch limits and broader selling rules. They got them then, and again this year on red drum. They would cut their nose off dispite their face because they know that fishing in NC is a dying trend due to development to the northern yankees moving down. If you sell out/die out and don't care if their is nothing for your kids to fish for, why regulate it? Lumping rec anglers into the plan is just the silliest thing. It's the commercial guys catching everything, no holds barred.


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