• Gamefish Bill

    Rep. Darrell McCormick championed the gamefish status bill in the N.C. legislature last year, but it eventually died during the short summer session.

    Gamefish bill sponsor laments fate of his legislation

    McCormick said pushing for change was difficult, is disappointed in lack of support from his party
    July 29, 2012 at 1:15pm
    Dolphin were the No. 1 fish for recreational anglers in North Carolina waters in 2011, with 3.5 million pounds hitting the docks.

    Commercial fishermen continue to take most of North Carolina's saltwater bounty

    By weight, recreational fishermen account for only 18 percent of landings
    June 18, 2012 at 8:11am
    Members of the legislature's Committee on Marine Resources voted for further study of a possible merger of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries -- both of which manage striped bass.

    Legislative committee puts merger talks on hold

    Co-chairman McCormick's proposals shredded by committee members
    April 05, 2012 at 3:34pm
    The state legislature's Committee on Marine Resources will hold its final public hearing on Thursday, April 5, to discuss issues related to saltwater resource management.

    Legislature's Marine Resouces Committee's final meeting is April 5

    Some sort of merger between agencies expected to be approved
    April 02, 2012 at 11:50am
    Gamefish protection of speckled trout, along with redfish and stripers, is not going to be addressed by the North Carolina Committee on Marine Fisheries, according to one of the committee members.

    Gamefish bill apparently headed to House; no discussion at latest committee meeting

    N.C. Committee on Marine Fisheries will sidestep issue of gamefish protection for red drum, speckled trout, striped bass.
    March 01, 2012 at 4:56pm
    The Coastal Fisheries Reform Group has announced it will seek a total gill-net ban along the North Carolina coast because the state Legislature has refused to act on proposed gamefish status for red drum and speckled trout.

    Fisheries group calls for total gill-net ban, cites legislative inaction on gamefish bill

    Coastal Fisheries Reform Group move comes as part of fight for gamefish protection of redfish, trout.
    February 29, 2012 at 12:40pm
    A strike-netter goes past a recreational angler’s boat Feb. 4 in Onslow County's Stones Creek before closing off the creek to fishing by hook-and-line anglers.

    Angler: Stones Creek netting incident shows lack of respect, portends trouble

    Commercial fisherman closes off creek with nets in front of recreational anglers.
    February 22, 2012 at 1:34pm
    Rep. Darrell McCormick (background), co-chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on Marine Resources, listens as DMF director Louis Daniel III answers a question during a Raleigh public hearing. McCormick will speak at a recreational-fishing group’s fundraiser Feb. 25 in Swansboro.

    McCormick to speak at Swansboro fundraiser for gamefish fight

    State representative is co-chair of Committee Marine Resources, proponent of protection of red drum, speckled trout and striped bass.
    February 21, 2012 at 5:19pm
    River herring crashed because of mismanagement by the NCMRC even as state biologists warned continued commercial netting was detrimental, and at least one recreational angler says he fears the same thing could happen with speckled trout.

    Mismanagement of river herring warns of NCMFC's commercial bias, veteran rec angler says

    Goldsboro man fears poor fisheries management could send speckled trout the way of the river herring.
    February 15, 2012 at 9:31am
    Securing gamefish status for red drum, speckled trout and stripers is vital to ensuring the health of North Carolina coastal communities, Topsail Island realtor Dean Phillips says.

    Coastal realtor says gamefish status key to coastal counties' survival

    Fight to save red drum, spotted seatrout and striped bass important to future of coastal communities.
    February 06, 2012 at 1:27pm
    Tackle sales to recreational anglers not only lifts the coastal economy, but reaches far inland to help out North Carolina tackle shops.

    Healthy inshore fisheries will boost coastal and inland businesses, tackle shop owners say

    Recreational anglers’ spending benefits are widespread throughout state economy.
    February 06, 2012 at 11:17am
    Angler Ray Brown of Colerain told legislators during yesterday's Committee on Marine Fisheries meeting that gamefish protection of red drum, speckled trout and striped bass would encourage the already important recreational fishing industry.

    Experience is ‘sole reason hundreds of thousand go fishing every year,’ saltwater fisheries management review committee told

    Committee on Marine Fisheries meets, hears input from saltwater-fishing industry.
    February 03, 2012 at 4:13pm
    Even the study used by Gov. Bev Perdue to support commercial fishing shows recreational fishing is far more important to the state's economy.

    Study used by Perdue shows recreational fishing more important than commercial fishing

    Asking for Oregon Inlet dredging, Gov. Bev Perdue's error shows huge economic impact from recreational fishing.
    February 02, 2012 at 12:33pm
    Rob Beglin, a guide and IFA redfish pro from Pawley's Island, S.C., won't return to North Carolina to fish any tournaments as long as it's legal for commercial netters to take redfish.

    Visiting fishermen say gamefish protection would benefit coastal tourism and economies

    Out-of-state tournament fishermen promise they won’t return until net conflicts are resolved; IFA tournament trail eliminates annual visit.
    January 26, 2012 at 11:08am
    North Carolina can enjoy a world-class saltwater fishery if management practices are changed to protect the species like redfish, speckled trout and stripers that once were so popular all along the coast, one former commercial fisherman said.

    Ex-commercial angler: North Carolina needs to chart new saltwater course

    Gloucester's Charles Brown says current fisheries managment led to crash of Pamilico, Albermarle sounds.
    January 17, 2012 at 9:29am
    Joe Albea of Greenville has been a crusader for coastal resources for many years, and he's now pushing for changes in the management of redfish, speckled trout and stripers fisheries in North Carolina.<br />

    Albea: North Carolina can fix what’s wrong with saltwater management

    Redf drum, spotted seatrout, stripers need protection, NC TV host says.
    January 13, 2012 at 8:36am