Commercial fisherman protest game fish bill

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 06:17 PM.

Proponents argue there will be an increased population when the species are labeled game fish and when that happens, more recreational fisherman will come to North Carolina, bill proponents argued.

According to the Coastal Fisheries Reform Group, the N.C. Coastal Conservation Association has been pushing the legislation for the past three years. 

But commercial fisherman argued they are trying to make a “mere living.”

One said catching these species can account for 15 percent of his income.

“I can pay my mortgage with that for the whole year,” he said.  

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