WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina fishermen who make seafood their business are resisting efforts to change rules that may allow some to skirt recreational catch limits.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports that commercial fishermen want state legislators to reject the changes proposed by the state Marine Fisheries Commission last month.
The changes include requiring catching at least 1,000 pounds of fish or launching 15 trips during two out of five years to keep a commercial fishing license.
Supporters believe it will help protect some of North Carolina’s struggling fish stocks by forcing commercial fishermen to report all of what they catch.
Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman Sammy Corbett said as many as 2,000 of the state’s roughly 6,300 commercial licenses may be used to catch beyond what recreational fishermen are allowed.